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The Lancet series calls for medical underuse and overuse to be confronted globally to achieve the right care for patients

January 9, 2017 (London)— A five-part series of papers on medical underuse and overuse, commissioned by The Lancet, and led by the Lown Institute in Boston, calls for health policy makers and providers to take urgent action and expand research to tackle underuse and overuse together, factors leading to widespread poor health care across the globe. The papers, titled The Right Care Series, are authored by 27 international experts and are available online and at a special all-day launch event at King’s College London today.

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Access, cost of care lead patient concerns

December 2, 2016 (Boston, MA)–More than 20 percent of respondents to an informal study conducted by the Right Care Alliance*, a grassroots network of clinicians, patients and community leaders affiliated with the Lown Institute, indicated that access to medical care was their greatest health care worry.

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Right Care Action Week activities to focus on ‘listening’ to enrich health care

September 21, 2016 (Boston, MA) – Physicians, nurses and other clinicians have known for generations that listening is the bedrock of good health care. But these days, finding time to listen fully to a patient’s history and concerns has become nearly impossible, a trend that’s more than just frustrating. It’s dangerous. That’s why the Lown Institute has teamed up with more than a thousand clinicians, as well as members of the public, to promote listening during the second annual national Right Care Action Week, October 16-22.

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Elder care leader to keynote at Lown Conference

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—Joanne Lynn, MD, believes major changes are necessary to care for the growing population of Americans who are living longer, many who are experiencing multiple chronic conditions and progressive disabilities.

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Second Right Care Educators program announced at Lown conference

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—The Lown Institute today announced at its 4th Annual Conference, at the JW Marriott Chicago, that applications from chief residents are now being accepted for the second Right Care Educator program, an initiative designed to encourage clinicians to improve patient care by exploring and eliminating the drivers of medical overuse and promoting appropriate care for patients.

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Panel discussion to focus on ways overtreatment hurts patients, clinicians, communities

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—The recent rise in physician burnout and suicides compelled Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, FCCP, last year to investigate moral distress with the support of a Right Care Alliance Young Innovator grant, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her findings add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating the inextricable and bi-directional link between medical overuse and physician burnout.

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Deceptive drug and device promotion is focus of conference workshop

April 14, 2016 (Chicago)—Within a 30-day span this year, more than $1.5 billion* in legal settlements were made by big health care corporations—penalties for wrongdoing ranging from deceptive marketing to bribery to suppression and manipulation of clinical research. These legal cases are the exception, not the rule. Corruption practices of hospital systems, managed care organizations, drug and device makers and health care foundations are commonly carried out with impunity, even as patients in the U.S. struggle to pay for high-cost health care that often delivers less than optimal outcomes.

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Shifting the ‘more is better’ medical paradigm is focus of 4th annual Lown Institute conference

January 27, 2016 (Boston, MA)—Hundreds of clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, medical, nursing and public health representatives will attend the 4th annual Lown Institute Conference, April 15-17 at the JW Marriott Hotel Chicago. The Lown Conference focuses on the epidemic of unnecessary care in the U.S. health care system, the root causes of this overuse, and ways in which it exacerbates lack of access to needed care.

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