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

Stuart G MacKay
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11804
Published online: 4 February 2013

To the Editor: The recent article by Elshaug and colleagues identifying potentially low-value health care practices1 does not distinguish between surgery for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in adults (which is largely used as an adjunctive or salvage intervention in Australia) and children (which is primarily a first-line intervention).

  • Stuart G MacKay

  • Illawarra ENT Head and Neck Clinic, Wollongong, NSW.



This letter is supported by the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

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