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Frakt A. New York Times. August 26, 2019.
The slow adoption of improvement innovations is a persistent challenge to high-quality and safe patient care. This newspaper article raises concerns about how common treatments are recommended despite insufficient evidence regarding their effectiveness and provides examples of how this problem can result in harm, such as the previous physician belief that opioids were not addictive. Reassessment of science can improve safety and reduce the unintended consequences of ineffective treatments.
Kaiser Health News.
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.
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.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. November 17, 2011;16:1-3.
This piece highlights conservative prescribing as a strategy to prevent overuse of medication.
Dembosky A. All Things Considered and KQED. January 23, 2019.
Policy, practice, and communication strategies have been implemented in an effort to stem the opioid crisis and prescribing activities that contribute to misuse. This news article and accompanying webcast discuss an initiative in California that sends letters to prescribers whose patients have died due to opioid overdose. The piece outlines unintended consequences associated with the practice, including clinician reluctance to prescribe opioids for pain. An Annual Perspective discussed the patient safety aspects of the opioid epidemic.