30 Apr 2015
Australian doctors and patients are being asked to "choose wisely" before ordering a range of popular tests which might be ineffective, expensive and unnecessary.
A campaign to reduce over-testing and treatment is being launched in Australia, following the success of the initiative in the United States.
Among the five things doctors and consumers should question
- Do not use reflux drugs known as proton pump inhibitors for long periods without trying to reduce doses
- Do not start drugs for high blood pressure or high cholesterol without assessing overall risk for cardiovascular disease
- Do not advocate routine self-monitoring of blood glucose for Type 2 diabetes patients on oral medicines
- Do not screen low risk patients with no symptoms using stress tests and ECG
- Avoid prescribing benzodiazepines to people with a history of substance abuse
The campaign is being spearheaded by NPS MedicineWise
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