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Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association Physician Leadership Forum; July 2014.
Jaffe I, Renincasa R. Morning Edition. National Public Radio. December 8–9, 2014.
Overprescribing of medications is a common problem in nursing homes. This two-part radio segment reports on the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications as a chemical restraint for patients with dementia. The first part introduces the issue and includes insights from families that have experienced harm due to the practice. The second segment discusses programs that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has put in place to address the problem through a more patient-centered approach to care and suggests strengthening penalties against organizations that overuse antipsychotics.
Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
Gawande A. New Yorker. May 11, 2015.
The overuse of medical care and its negative impact on personal health and finances is an emerging concern. This magazine article provides insights from a surgeon about how providing unnecessary care can contribute to patient harm and waste. Consequences of unneeded medical care include overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment. A previous AHRQ WebM&M perspective explored overuse as a patient safety problem.
Szabo L. Kaiser Health News. October 23, 2017.
Overdiagnosis and overtreatment present a challenge to patient safety. This news article reports on the prevalence of overtreatment among patients with cancer, how it can result in patient harm, and patient stories that illustrate the impact of overtreatment. A past PSNet interview discussed the patient safety implications of diagnostic radiology overuse.
Kaiser Health News.
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Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.
Overdiagnosis and the subsequent overuse of medical care contributes to unnecessary financial, psychological, and physical risk to patients. This research collaborative draws from expertise and experience from organizations in Australia investigating the problem of overdiagnosis and testing solutions to prevent medical care overuse.