A group of healthcare providers have recommended strategies to reduce five commonly overused and sometimes unnecessary medical treatments or interventions, such as the use of antibiotics for viral upper respiratory infections and early elective deliveries.
The recommendations were gathered at a 2012 summit and released by the American Medical Association’s Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and the Joint Commission as part of a July 8 report.
The other recommendations address over-transfusion of red blood cells, tympanostomy tubes for middle ear effusion of brief duration and elective percutaneous coronary intervention.
“As part of our strategic focus on improving health outcomes, one of our goals is to contribute to the appropriate use of finite healthcare resources and this will help us achieve that goal,” Dr. Ardis Hoven, AMA’s president, said in a statement.
The full article is located at Modern Healthcare