July 2, 2014

IF YOU NEEDED A DOCTOR YOU'D BE ILL:

Doctors' group says annual pelvic exams unnecessary for healthy women (JESSICA FIRGER, Jul 1, 2014, CBS News)

Each year, millions of women in the U.S. head to their gynecologist for an annual check-up. While it may not be the most pleasant experience in the world, most consider the prodding and mild discomfort of a routine pelvic exam to be an essential part of preventive health care.

But now the American College of Physicians (ACP) is challenging the need for this practice. On Monday the group published a new set of guidelines that recommends against annual pelvic exams for healthy, non-pregnant women.

After a review of studies conducted between 1946 and 2014, the ACP concluded that the risks posed by pelvic exams may outweigh the benefits for most healthy women. The researchers say pelvic exams can result in false positives, leading to unnecessary tests and procedures that may result in physical and psychological harm. They state that the exam "rarely detects important disease and does not reduce mortality."

The systematic review and recommended physician guidelines were published today in Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of he American College of Physicians.

Health reform is just about reducing consumption.  If you want to see your doctor so he can hold your hand, it ought to come out of your own pocket.
Posted by at July 2, 2014 3:12 PM
  
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