The Atlantic – This article quotes H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, from a panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health session last week. Welch notes that although medical screening sometimes saves lives, it can also lead to overdiagnosis, overtreatment and medical harm.
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Healthline – This article discusses a book by Dennis McCullough, associate professor of community and family medicine, titled My Mother, Your Mother on the topic of caring for aging loved ones.
Doctors trained in locations with less intensive (and expensive) practice patterns appear to consistently be better at making clinical decisions that spare patients unnecessary and excessive medical care, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Choosing Wisely campaign, lists of services developed by physicians’ specialty societies, is a good start to spark discussion between physicians their patients about treatments and tests that may not be warranted.