Bringing science to the art of diagnosis

Moayyedi, P.
May 2004
Gut;May2004, Vol. 53 Issue 5, p627
Academic Journal
Patients and clinicians are becoming increasingly intolerant of diagnostic uncertainty. This is reflected in the rising demand for endoscopic procedures implicitly suggesting that gastro-intestinal symptoms are an unreliable indicator of serious pathology. Unfortunately, the growing array of tests that are being demanded for patients are placing further pressures on already stretched health care budgets. The natural reaction to this is to evaluate whether we can improve on the value of the history to diagnose gastrointestinal disease.


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