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Breathing Issues are Often Under-Tested, Over-Treated

by: Samir Gupta

Dr. Samir Gupta, a respirologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, discusses overtreatment and the importance of proper testing in breathing conditions. Dr. Gupta notes that physicians sometimes┬ádiagnose asthma or COPD without formal testing and prescribe antibiotics that will not help a patient’s condition. Dr. Gupta recommends using Choosing Wisely recommendations in treating these common conditions as well as reminding patients to ask their doctor about formal testing when necessary.

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