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January 2014

Too Much Medicine Happens Too Often: The Teachable Moment and a Call for Manuscripts From Clinical Trainees

Author Affiliations
  • 1VA Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor VA Health System, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
  • 2University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora
  • 3University of California, San Francisco
  • 4Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):8-9. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9967

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

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