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

Adam G Elshaug
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): 597-598. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10473
Published online: 17 June 2013

In reply: I thank Bece and colleagues and Pitson for engaging constructively with this quality improvement agenda. Bece et al challenge the inclusion of radiotherapy for spinal cord disease in our list of 150 candidate treatments potentially warranting further review under a quality improvement program.1 Pitson calls attention to “loose terminology” in the same example. This latter point, I concede. Precision of language in relation to treatment type and patient indications is essential in this debate.

  • Adam G Elshaug

  • Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, USA.


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