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Table 5 Different forms of defensive medicine practiced by the respondents (n = 204)

From: The practice of defensive medicine among hospital doctors in the United Kingdom

Practice (n) Percentage (%)
Ordering tests un-necessary tests 121 59.3%
Unnecessary referral 112 54.9%
Performing unnecessary intervention / procedure 56 27.5%
Prescribing un-necessary medication 47 23%
Avoiding high risk procedures 42 20.6%
Refusal to treat a high risk patients 19 9.3%