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For ‘deintensification’ of old folks’ healthcare

Researchers in Michigan have found that accumulating evidence suggests that older adults with diabetes, hypertension and some other conditions associated with aging  should receive less aggressive treatments than they have usually been getting.

“In our healthcare system, we are all more scared of failing to do something than of doing too much,”  Jeremy Sussman, M.D., a primary-care physician and research scientist at University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, told The New York Times.

The New York Times reported that a large national study by Dr. Sussman and his colleagues, published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed how rarely “deintensification” of treatment occurs among patients over age 70. The habit in medicine continues to be to over treat more than under treat.

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