According to a new national poll, one in four Americans aged 50 and older say their doctors frequently order tests or prescribe drugs that the patients don’t think they really need.
Less than 1 in 5 women know that the benefits of routine mammograms are often overstated, while the risks — overdiagnosis and overtreatment — are downplayed.
The study’s findings also underscore how antibiotics continue to be overprescribed by physicians, a practice that is contributing to the development of drug-resistant bacteria.
Most adults with depression in the United States are not receiving treatment for the disorder, according to new research published in the journal JAMA International Medicine.
Although aimed at physicians, the rest of us can learn a thing or two by reading these edicts — and encouraging our personal health-care providers to follow them.
Some diagnostic tests, like CT scans, can be harmful in themselves. But tests also lead, writes Dr. Atul Gawande in the New Yorker, to another major problem: overdiagnosis.
“Transformation is what’s needed, not just reform, and the first step is gathering people who are prepared to imagine a better system,” writes Shannon Brownlee.