Over 150 potentially low-value health care practices: an Australian study

Andrej Bece, Christopher Hamilton and Brigid E Hickey
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10080
Published online: 17 June 2013

To the Editor: We read the recent study by Elshaug and colleagues1 with interest, but were concerned by the inclusion of radiotherapy for spinal cord disease as a potentially low-value intervention. The lack of clinical review in the identification process appears to be the key driver in coming to this erroneous conclusion.

  • Andrej Bece1
  • Christopher Hamilton2
  • Brigid E Hickey3

  • 1 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Ballarat-Austin Radiation Oncology Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.

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