Every day across the country, millions of people see a clinician for a medical problem or just for a checkup. The clinicians ask the patients questions about their health and do a physical exam. If that's not enough to know everything they need to know about a patient's health , they may order medical tests for their patients such as a blood chemistry, x-ray, ultrasound or another test. The results of these may help diagnose a medical problem or determine that a course of treatment is working. Other tests' results will help a doctor and patient make decisions about the best treatment for the patient. But what should the patient know about these tests? Plenty, according to Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality . Debra James talks with Dr. Clancy about being prepared for a medical test .
This audio program features current news and information from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).