Learn about the growing phenomenon of medical professionals and patients themselves continuously seeking additional and often unnecessary medical tests and procedures.
Have you heard of Overtreatment? Are you a victim of this? Learn how more is not always better.
Here is an excerpt of the article “Overtreatment is Taking a Harmful Toll” by Tara Parker-Pope from the New York Times Blog.
“Sometimes the test leads you down a path, a therapeutic cascade, where you start to tumble downstream to more and more testing, and more and more invasive testing, and possibly even treatment for things that should be left well enough alone.”
The article goes on to explore several cases where overtreatment occurred. Take a look and see if you can identify with any of them. Let us know in the comments below.
The moral of the story is that : “Not every mystery has to be solved, and not every problem has to be addressed,” Ms. Gullo said. “That’s hard to get your brain around.”