‘Academic Detailing’ has potential to harm
April 09, 2013 12:38 AM | 1290 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a new program called “Academic Detailing” that has the potential to harm the physician/patient relationship, not improve it. This program sends government detailers into physicians’ offices with the goal of getting them to change their prescribing habits based on broad comparative effectiveness research results that do not always incorporate the differences of individual patients. Detailers are supposed to “help doctors make the right decisions for their patients.”

At 22 years old, I had my first colonoscopy. My doctor, who knows my medical history best, decided that a colonoscopy was in my best interest to rule out serious issues. Luckily, it wasn’t too serious and I was able to move past the pain, but not all people fall into that same category. What works for the masses may not work for everyone and I would like my doctor to be the one making that decision, not a government detailer.

After attending a Colon Cancer Alliance health care forum in Marietta, I realized that government detailing IS a serious issue. Washington should not hold the prescription pad; my doctor should.

Caitlyn Cooper

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April 11, 2013
Kevin Foley and other liberal dems are all for this process, because as you know, they believe government can solve every ill, including apparently our colon health.

It's appalling to me that bureaucrats will be deciding for us, relegating doctors to subjugation by the state. That's the end goal, subjugate all of us to the state. The state is the be all and end all and Obama is The Chosen One. Just gag.
Pat H
April 09, 2013
The goal is watchful neglect for taxpayers in retirement - or the death panels that Sarah Palin was vehemently criticized by those who knew she was correct.
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