Communicating wisely: teaching residents to communicate effectively with patients and caregivers about unnecessary tests

With rising healthcare costs and a focus on quality, there is a growing need to promote resource stewardship in medical education. Physicians need to be able to communicate effectively with patients/caregivers seeking tests and treatments that are unnecessary. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of an interactive workshop on residents’ knowledge of resource stewardship and communication skills when [...] Lees meer

Laten is lastiger dan doen (medisch contact)

Het advies om af te wachten vereist veel uitleg en geduld De NHG-Standaarden kennen veel adviezen om (be)handelingen achterwege te laten. Huisartsen vinden dat in de praktijk soms lastig. De patiënt verwacht vaak actie en ook de tweede lijn voert een ander beleid. Eind 2016 lanceerde de Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra (NFU) – in [...] Lees meer

Umc’s presenteren ‘Beter niet doen’-lijst (medisch contact)

De Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra (NFU) heeft vandaag een lijst gepresenteerd met niet-effectieve medische handelingen. De umc’s hopen hiermee onnodige zorg terug te dringen. De Federatie Medisch Specialisten maakte vandaag bekend een inventarisatie te hebben gemaakt van onnodige zorg in de bestaande richtlijnen. Op de ‘Beter niet doen’-lijst staan 1366 niet-effectieve medische handelingen, [...] Lees meer

Preventing early voiding problems after midurethral sling placement

The midurethral sling has become the gold standard in the treatment of women suffering from stress urinary incontinence. One of the disadvantages, however, is the risk of micturition problems afterwards. Although the procedure has been described to be possible in an outpatient setting, for many hospitals early voiding problems are one of the main reasons [...] Lees meer

The Inappropriate Use of Imaging Studies

A Report of the 2004 Intersociety Conference The participants of the 2004 Intersociety Conference met to discuss the growing problem of self-referral. The United States spends more of its gross national product on health care than other countries, especially Japan and those in Western Europe. Imaging accounts for a large and growing portion of those […]

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Surgical Vampires and Rising Health Care Expenditure

Reducing the Cost of Daily Phlebotomy Objective: To determine whether simply being made continually aware of the hospital costs of daily phlebotomy would reduce the amount of phlebotomy ordered for nonintensive care unit surgical patients. Conclusion: Health care providers being made aware of the cost of phlebotomy can decrease the amount of these tests ordered and […]

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Helping Physicians and Patients Make Smart Decisions About Their Care

While the United States grapples with the challenge of health care costs that contribute to high rates of poor-quality care, burdens to business competitiveness, and looming government deficits, clearly there are areas in which health care spending does not add to the health of individuals and communities. The polarizing political environment makes it difficult to […]

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