Why more medical tests and treatments aren’t always better (April 2, 2014 CBC article)

An April 2, 2014 CBC article is entitled: “Why more medical tests and treatments aren’t always better.”

The subhead reads: “Canadian Medical Association’s Choose Wisely campaign offers list of 40 tests, treatments to question.”

The opening paragraphs read:

  • Patients and doctors must face a culture change to avoid unnecessary tests and treatments that could cause harm, Canadian medical groups say.
  • In launching its Choosing Wisely campaign Wednesday, the Canadian Medical Association said it’s meant to help physicians and patients “engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures,” and help them make smart choices for high-quality care.

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An April 3, 2014 CTV article is entitled: “Medical groups produce list of overused tests in ‘Choosing Wisely’ campaign.”

Evidence-based list of overuse, waste

The above-noted articles refers to an evidence-based approach to dealing with medical tests and procedures. In my view, it’s helpful to keep evidence in mind when addressing any topic.


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