The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has again warned of the culture of a “more is better” approach regarding potentially unnecessary healthcare interventions.
Their “Choosing Wisely” campaign (imported from the USA) exhorts medical organisations each to identify five interventions which perhaps should not be offered routinely or possibly not at all. There is thought to be significant potential to reduce avoidable patient harm, minimise unnecessary costs and clip the ever-rising demand for certain routine NHS services.
Mundasad, S. (2015). Doctors urged to stop ‘over-treating’. London: BBC Health News, May 13th 2015.
This relates to:
Malhotra, A. Maughan, D. [and] Ansell, J. [et al] (2015). Choosing Wisely in the UK: the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ initiative to reduce the harms of too much medicine. BMJ. May 12th 2015; 350: h2308.