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Is it really always only the others who are to blame? GP’s view on medical overuse. A questionnaire study. Abstract Background Medical overuse is a common problem in health care.

Is it really always only the others who are to blame? GP’s view on medical overuse. A questionnaire study

Preventing unnecessary medicine is one of the main tasks of General Practice, so called quaternary prevention. We aimed to capture the current opinion of German General Practitioners (GPs) to medical overuse. Methods A quantitative online study was conducted. Results Response rate was 18%. Discussion Medical overuse is an important issue for GPs. Citation: Pausch M, Schedlbauer A, Weiss M, Kuehlein T, Hueber S (2020) Is it really always only the others who are to blame?

Editor: Monika R. Received: August 15, 2019; Accepted: December 18, 2019; Published: January 15, 2020 Copyright: © 2020 Pausch et al. Data Availability: All relevant data are within the paper and its Supporting Information files. Funding: The authors received no specific funding for this work. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Introduction Medical overuse is a common problem in health care [1, 2]. Measures A. Pharmacists uniquely poised to reduce unnecessary prescriptions. Two recent articles, one by and another , highlight the problems associated with polypharmacy, the term for taking many different medications daily.

Pharmacists uniquely poised to reduce unnecessary prescriptions

Research points to almost 90 percent of Medicare beneficiaries 65 years of age and older taking a prescription drug, and of those taking at least one prescription drug a day, almost half reported taking five or more different drugs a day. Brody’s article says people in their 60s take an average of 15 prescription drugs a year. These are a lot of drugs, by whatever measure. Martin Marshall: GPs need to do less, but it’s not what patients want to hear. The NHS does too much medicine”.

Martin Marshall: GPs need to do less, but it’s not what patients want to hear

These are surprising words to hear uttered by a GP, given their role as gatekeepers to the NHS – the doctors who send patients to hospital for tests, surgery or other treatment. But Martin Marshall, the new chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, firmly believes that part of the reason the NHS is so overstretched is that doctors (GPs and hospital doctors) overdiagnose illness – and as a result patients have too many exploratory tests and too many unnecessary treatments.

Getting a grip on that, he believes, would help relieve the pressure on the health service in general and the nation’s overworked family doctors in particular. Marshall, 58, has just begun a three-year stint as the profession’s leader and main mouthpiece, replacing Helen Stokes-Lampard. He believes “medicine has overstretched itself” and its limits need to be “rethought”, to be scaled back. Socioeconomic status and benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing: a cross-sectional study of practice-level data in England.

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Socioeconomic status and benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing: a cross-sectional study of practice-level data in England

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The U.S. Leads the World in Health-Care Spending

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The Role of Disease Labels in Patient Perceptions and Treatment Decisions

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Half of older patients exposed to potentially inappropriate prescribing

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