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Outliers: Quotable

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: December 1, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

“There are lots of places doing lots of injections for conditions that haven't been shown to benefit. Sadly, some of the patients who got meningitis were probably in that category—they did not have conditions where steroid injections were indicated.”

—Dr. Janna Friedly, a researcher at the University of Washington, in the New York Times in a story about whether steroid injections for back pain are effective or overprescribed

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“We know from previous studies that about half of the general public doesn't even know that radiologists are physicians. In our study, only 53.5% of patients who had undergone computed tomography knew that radiologists were physicians. … We need to better understand what patients want to know about radiologists in order to improve service and patient care.”

—Dr. Peter D. Miller, a radiology resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, in a news release on the results of his study finding many patients know little about the profession of radiology

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