overtreatment


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overtreatment

(ˌəʊvəˈtriːtmənt)
n
(Medicine) the act or instance of giving too much medical treatment
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Genomic Health is a provider of genomic-based diagnostic tests that help optimize cancer care, including addressing the overtreatment of the disease.
Objective: Overtreatment in prostate cancer (pca) is a burden for health care economy and for quality of life.
Frequent invasive procedures such as colposcopy, which can be costly and lead to anxiety and distress in generally young women and the potential for overtreatment of likely regressive lesions, has been defined as a harm of screening by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
While the authors made the allowance that a higher target (<140 mm Hg) is acceptable if a target of <120 mm Hg places undue burden on the patient, the guidelines they cited, when considered together, suggest that starting at a higher target is not only sufficient to prevent complications, but also reduces overtreatment.
The research - published in BJU International - demonstrates that SelectMDx for prostate cancer can reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment of men at high risk of the disease, over PSA testing alone.
The rates of overtreatment in patients with early-stage breast cancer have reached 40% in many studies.
In determining that the potential harms of the PSA test outweigh its benefits, the USPSTF noted that annual screening with PSA would result in overtreatment of non-lethal prostate cancers, subjecting men to procedures that cause urinary and sexual side effects.
While the research brought out some significant results in the terms of overtreatment, it comes with its share of caution.
Some of the Welsh NHS major campaigns and initiatives were also praised, such as its "prudent healthcare initiative" which seeks to address over-diagnosis and overtreatment and improve the relationship between individuals and the health service.
Overtreatment in both areas can result in falls, confusion, and other problems.
Hospital medicine has recently focused on reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment.