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Can doctors reduce harmful medical overuse worldwide?

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4289

Re: Can doctors reduce harmful medical overuse worldwide?

Clinical skills are the backbone of reducing harmful medical usage worldwide. A passionate clinician would relegate only those cases to investigations where they are really indicated and exercise patience in dealing with them. A common cold can be effectively managed by supportive treatment without resorting to the latest, costly antibiotics. Malpractice by some tarnishes the image of other doctors and demeans the patient -doctor relationship. Care givers and investigating authorities must work together and decide judiciously as to the management and necessity of cumbersome, costly and many a times unnecessary investigations.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 July 2014
Manjree Dube
Assistant Professor
Shanti Viswanathan
MGM Medical College
Navi Mumbai