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“The report by van Walraven and colleagues on patient follow-up after an incidental finding of abdominal aortic aneuyrsm (AAA)—published today in Open Medicine—highlights an important conundrum in patient care: Who is responsible for monitoring and acting on test results when care is shared among different providers? Although it may seem convenient to place that accountability with the ordering physician or the patient’s family doctor, there are many points at which this approach can lead to ineffective and inadequate management. We suggest that one way to solve this problem might be to communicate test results directly to patients.”