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Overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a quality problem: insights from healthcare improvement research.

Armstrong N. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a quality problem: insights from healthcare improvement research. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018;27(7):571-575. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2017-007571

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May 9, 2018
Armstrong N. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018;27(7):571-575.

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment can result in physical, financial, and emotional harm for patients. This commentary suggests applying quality improvement approaches to address overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Tactics discussed include clear articulation of the problem and contributing factors, use of theory-driven approaches for designing initiatives, and monitoring the impact of improvement efforts.

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Armstrong N. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a quality problem: insights from healthcare improvement research. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018;27(7):571-575. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2017-007571