Campaign to publish list of overused tests, treatments

The AP reports, “Chances are you’ve heard that many expert groups say cancer screening is overused, too, from mammograms given too early or too often to prostate cancer tests that may not save lives,” but “some of the nuts-and-bolts tests given during checkups or hospital visits are getting a second look.”

According to the AP, “Medical groups have long urged patients not to be shy and to ask why they need a particular test, what its pros and cons are, and what would happen if they skip it.”

In the coming months, “a campaign called Choosing Wisely” is planning to “publish a list of the top 5 overused tests and treatments from different specialties.”

I think this is a good thing and will let you know when the list comes out.

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