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A columnist at the New York Times asked readers, “Have you experienced too much medicine?” She received more than 1000 responses detailing examples ranging from unnecessary testing and hospitalizations to useless office visits and specialist referrals.1 Patients are not the only ones worried about too much medicine: 42% of a national sample of primary care physicians believe that patients in their own practice are receiving too much medical care.2
Caverly TJ, Combs BP, Moriates C, Shah N, Grady D. Too Much Medicine Happens Too OftenThe Teachable Moment and a Call for Manuscripts From Clinical Trainees. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):8-9. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9967