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The Lancet calls for overuse to be confronted globally

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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Medical resident learns ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to treating patients

November 21, 2016

By Hina Mehta, MD

Last month Saint Louis University Hospital participated in Right Care Action Week for the first time. During this week, we intended to improve communication between patient and clinician by participating in a project called “What Worries You?” Our diligent medical students handed out blank note cards to patients to write down their biggest concern. We then discussed each patient’s concerns on rounds and how best to address them.

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FDA spotlights unapproved use of drugs, medical devices

By Jen Christensen CNN November 14, 2016 (CNN) – Many rules regulate the way pharmaceutical companies tell you, doctors and insurance companies about their products. Drug and medical device makers, insurance companies, lawyers and patients packed a room for two full days of public hearings at the Food and Drug Administration’s campus in Silver Spring, […]

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