the practice by a physician of ordering many tests or consultations as a means of self-protection against charges of malpractice in the event of an unfavorable outcome of treatment.
Origin of defensive medicine
First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for defensive medicine
the practice by a doctor of ordering extensive, often unnecessary tests in order to minimize liability if accused of negligence
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Medicine definitions for defensive medicine
Diagnostic or therapeutic measures conducted primarily as a safeguard against possible malpractice liability.
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