overtreatment


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overtreatment

(ō″vĕr-trēt′mĕnt)
The treatment of clinically insignificant disease, that is, minor or indolent illnesses that do not require aggressive or invasive therapy.
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Despite these data, practically speaking, shifting away from standard cotesting poses numerous challenges for clinicians and laboratories alike; however, these data clearly show the limited value of cytology and, due to the overtreatment of likely regressive cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2, the possible increased risk of preterm birth and its subsequent harm as well.
Applying a blanket recommendation to this heterogeneous population may result in significant harms from overtreatment.
6-8) At present, philosophers of medicine, ethicists and health researchers are actively developing definitions of overdiagnosis and attempting to distinguish overdiagnosis from similar concepts such as overtreatment, overdetection, 'too much medicine' and medicalisation.
Since these two old hypotheses did not separate low-risk patients from highrisk patients, overtreatment was a major problem for patients with low-risk breast cancer.
Plus, newer genetic tests can identify which men are better candidates for active surveillance, helping to limit overtreatment of indolent prostate cancer.
Concerns about malpractice may bias physicians toward expensive overtreatment.
These technologies have a downside as well, leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of benign nodules that, most likely, would never undergo malignant transformation, Dr.
On one hand, overdiagnosis and overtreatment may be reduced in view of the substantial proportion of prostate cancer cases detected through PSA testing that would not cause harm if left undetected," the study authors noted.
and world-wide, citing a recent publication (2) from South Korea regarding overdiagnosis and potential overtreatment of patients with minimal thyroid cancer, a disease that, as we know, is often one that plays out in slow motion.
His current interests include reducing the over diagnosis and overtreatment of prostate cancer by using the latest biomarkers and imaging techniques.
This text discusses health care finance, economics, and policy for nurses in the US, as well as ethical tools for understanding the relationship between care, overtreatment and undertreatment, metric-driven harm, and the economic impact of clinical decision making on equality in other areas of life.
One major disability rights group points to a very important reason, the "false premise" that there is widespread overtreatment.