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Looking at ‘patient decision aids to discourage low-value procedures’

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This article in JAMA Internal Medicine looks at “patient decision aids to discourage low-value procedures.”

The authors note:

“Per-capita healthcare spending in the United States is disproportionally higher than that of other industrialized nations, while life expectancy is appreciably lower. In 2013, US health care spending totaled $2.9 trillion.¬†At $9255 per person, this was 42 percent higher than the next highest per-capita spender. Yet, the United States ranks 50th for life expectancy among 221 nations and 27th out of the 34 industrialized Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. With a focus on maximizing the return of healthcare spending, of interest are best practices for reducing the use of medical procedures that offer low net benefit or, at the population level, possible net harm.”

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