Medical organizations have released a new list of tests and procedures that are routinely performed by doctors even though patients often don’t need them. I was surprised to spot at least one test on the roster that I’ve had -- apparently unnecessarily -- in the past year.
I respect my primary care providers and consider myself fairly clear-eyed about medicine. So the fact that my caregiver ordered a blood test for Vitamin D deficiency -- even though I’m not at risk -- during a recent physical shows that we can all learn something from these well-researched lists. I certainly never thought to question the test, which seemed simple enough since I was having blood drawn anyway.