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From the JAMA Network
November 17, 2015

Doing Less Is Sometimes Enough

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • 2Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA. 2015;314(19):2069-2070. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12946

There is increasing concern that physicians are practicing too much medicine. For instance, statins were originally intended to treat patients with the most significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease, but new criteria will result in treatment of substantially larger numbers of adults. Likewise, the number of women screened with mammograms, and then receiving invasive surgery, seems to have increased.1 Accordingly, it is encouraging that with a common disorder like appendicitis, that trend may be reversing.

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