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The perils of ‘gray-zone medicine’

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This article in The New England Journal of Medicine looks at “gray-zone medicine” — in which medical evidence fails to offer clear guidance for physicians’ treatment decisions.

The authors challenge “the misguided perspective that healthcare is a binary world in which interventions are either effective or ineffective, appropriate or inappropriate.”

They cite the risk for overuse of treatments in gray areas of diagnosis that may not work or might even do harm.


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