Blog | Friday, July 19, 2013

QD: News Every Day--Five more treatments labeled 'overused' in medical care


More medical societies have released a "top 5" list of overused medical interventions.

Similar to previously released lists of the "Choosing Wisely" campaign, conducted by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, a physician consortium convened by the American Medical Association and the Joint Commission has now released its list of overused interventions:
--antibiotic therapy for viral upper respiratory infections,
--over-transfusion of red blood cells,
--tympanostomy tubes for short-duration middle ear effusion,
--early-term, nonmedically indicated elective delivery, and
--elective percutaneous coronary intervention.

"The recommendations ... will raise awareness that will help both doctors and patients make better decisions going forward, and ultimately improve quality and patient safety," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission, in a news release.

In each case, the consortium recommended developing appropriate use measures, or educating physicians and patients about these procedures.

"The AMA is committed to improving health outcomes; this important work will help health care professionals ensure that the right patient gets the right treatment at the right time," said AMA President Ardis D. Hoven, MD, FACP. "As part of our strategic focus on improving health outcomes, one of our goals is to contribute to the appropriate use of finite health care resources and this will help us achieve that goal."