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underuse

Health care The failure to provide a medical intervention when it is likely to produce a favorable outcome for a Pt–eg, failure to give influenza vaccine to an elderly Pt with DM. Cf Misuse, Overuse.

underuse

(un'der-us?)
Failure to employ readily available forms of care for patients.
Synonym: underutilization
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Becher and Chassin (1) state that physician compensation is one of the causes of overuse and underuse of medical care.
The two risks associated with this plan are underuse and misuse.
Underuse could occur if the specified performance targets are not initially well defined.
Another bias, again toward input underuse, results from the fact that most of the studies are specific to the year 2001, which was a good weather year for grain production, with output at 82 million metric tons (mmt), compared to average annual production over 1996-2003 of 68 mint (USDA, 2004).
Correcting for management bias and the 2001 weather bias may reduce the AE ratios in Table 2 and thus make the results of fertiliser underuse less prominent (or even eliminate them altogether).
In crop production, which is the main specialisation of corporate farms, the bias towards input overuse from not accounting for the transfer of inputs away from farms' corporate operations to household plot use has the effect of balancing the bias toward input underuse resulting from the management bias problem and favourable weather.
In order to explore the possible link between food insecurity and cost-related medication underuse, investigators looked at 9696 adult participants in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) who had reported chronic illness.
Investigators also looked at ethnicity and found that participants with both medication underuse and food insecurity were more likely to be Hispanic or non-Hispanic black.
Patients are not treated using current guidelines for care of a given condition - both undertreatment (including underuse of some drug classes) and inappropriate/excessive treatments or overuse are major drivers leading to adverse outcomes
Health Dialog was created to directly address unwarranted variation in healthcare: the overuse, underuse and misuse of healthcare services.
This pioneering research focuses on the overuse, underuse, and misuse of healthcare services, and is the basis of Health Dialog's broad range of analytic capabilities, which include services such as predictive modeling and provider performance measurement.
This pioneering research focuses on the overuse, underuse, and misuse of healthcare services, and forms the basis for HDAS' Unwarranted Variation(TM) Analytics.