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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The debate on overtreatment looks likely to run and run.
"Overdiagnosis and overtreatment are therefore inevitable." Dr Sarah Cant, from Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: "Breakthrough hopes this research will not discourage women from attending breast screening.
An audit was undertaken of a 'colposcopy and treatment' clinic between April 2003 and December 2006, to determine: (i) the frequency of overtreatment with Papanicolaou smear on its own, colposcopy on its own or a combination of the two methods; (ii) differences in overtreatment between patients who are HIV positive and those who are HIV negative; and (iii) the short-term complications of Lletz (large loop excision of the transformation zone) at this clinic.
Second, shouldn't we begin our attack on the overtreatment of otitis with a serious effort to upgrade our diagnostic skills?
But the temporary nature of the therapy "is in some ways an advantage," Duvoisin says, "because the toxin's effect does reverse in time, so that there is some protection against overtreatment."
The French public has gradually become more aware of the specific difficulties of decisions about death, in which an emphasis on relief of suffering is increasingly pitted against new techniques of resuscitation, therapeutic overtreatment, and medical paternalism in general.
7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overtreatment of thyroid cancers is common, according to a perspective article published in the July 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Did you know that routine mammograms can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of breast cancer?
NEW ORLEANS -- Long-term active surveillance seems to be a safe and effective way to avoid overtreatment in men with low- and very low-risk prostate cancer, while still offering a very good chance of catching progressive disease.
The most serious are overdiagnosis of a condition that turns out not to exist and overtreatment for conditions that would never have compromised your survival.
Evidence of the harms of overdiagnosis and overtreatment is mounting--leading to efforts such as the Choosing Wisely campaign and the Affordable Care Act's emphasis on comparative effectiveness research.
A leading global authority on evidence-based practice, Professor Paul Glasziou from Bond University in Australia said: "As a side effect of our improving diagnostic technology, overdiagnosis is a rapidly growing problem; we must take it seriously now or suffer the consequences of overtreatment and rising health care waste."