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‘Medical stewardship’ vs. overuse

 

Herewith a look in HealthAffairs at curbing treatment overuse of imaging, antibiotics and beyond via “medical stewardship”. Other areas of overuse include procedures in interventional cardiology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, endocrine and cancer surgery where there’s a lot of variation in ¬†use.

The piece says “A structure for stewardship could be justified as part of patient safety and quality improvement. By improving appropriateness of care, patients would face less risk of medical harm and a lower burden of care (fewer tests and medications to remember).”


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