You trust your doc.
When he shares a copy of your test results with you, you rely on him to interpret them and tell you what the news is… good or bad.
But in many cases, your guess is as good as his.
The scary truth is that despite all those years in med school, docs are missing one vital skill.
They don’t know how to read test results.
And that can turn a routine visit into a life-and-death scenario.
He’s not TRYING to hurt you.
But he might be taking too much at face value… and playing a numbers game without knowing how to properly use a calculator.
Here’s how to stop the train before it leaves the station – especially when you’re actually just fine the way you are.
Send ’em back to school!
I know this sounds insane.
But ask your doc… and he’ll tell you himself.
In a 2016 survey, 68% of clinicians who responded said that they were UNCONFIDENT in using statistics and understanding BENEFITS and HARMS.
A 2008 study found that 70% of British physicians surveyed requested MORE TRAINING in interpreting lab results.
This isn’t just a case of doctors being “bad at math.” The majority of doctors don’t think they understand what test results even mean!
Yet they’re STILL making decisions about your health based on those results.
They’re diagnosing you with a disease – maybe more than one, and likely the wrong one – and they’re recommending invasive and potentially harmful treatments.
Treatments you never needed in the first place.
Because worse yet, you might get diagnosed with a disease… when you have NO disease at all!
That’s not just misdiagnosis. A doc can RUIN YOUR LIFE… simply by misinterpreting what he sees on a mammogram, CT scan, X-ray, or other radiological testing.
What he might not tell you is that NO test is perfect. Any given test is accurate only some of the time.
But 8 out of 10 docs will never discuss the odds of it being correct with you.
Your doc, of course, will also FAIL to mention his lack of confidence in reading the results.
Even if the test is right… your doc could be wrong!
And with more than 5 billion tests performed in the U.S. annually, it’s a wonder anybody makes it out of their medical care alive.
When your doc recommends ANY test, ask him these four questions:
- Are the results of the test medically necessary for treatment? Is it the right test for what you’re looking for?
- Are there any risks to taking the test? (For example, radiation exposure.)
- How accurate is the test?
- What are the treatment options if it comes back positive?
And if he won’t give it to you straight, do a little research on your own. Every test has a confidence level based on the percentage of false positives.
You need to know what the chances are that the lab has gotten it right… BEFORE your doc goes willy-nilly with treatments you don’t need!