Internal Medicine News
June 22, 2012
By: Alicia Ault
It’s a central tenet of being a physician: Do all you can to help the patient. But so is “first, do no harm,” and often, the harm comes from doing too much, too often. That’s the message from a growing number of physicians and organizations pushing for a sea change in how medicine is delivered, starting with the individual doctor. In late April, many of the interested parties met in Boston to outline the problem and strategize on how to shore up evidence-based medicine and prevent knee-jerk test ordering and unnecessary treatment. “Avoiding Avoidable Care” was organized by the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation and the New America Foundation, and was cohosted by the Institute of Medicine.
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