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2017 update on pediatric medical overuse: a review.

Coon ER, Young PC, Quinonez RA, et al. JAMA Pediatrics. 2018;172.

Overuse of medical care has been identified as a patient safety issue, but most existing literature focuses on overuse in adult patients. This review of literature published in 2017 identified 8 high-quality studies documenting overuse of diagnostic testing and therapeutics as well as overmedicalization of self-limited conditions in pediatric patients. The authors judged these examples of overuse to have significant potential for harming patients.