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The Continuing Need For Evidence In Healthcare: Current Controversies And The Path Forward

posted by MCG

on November 16, 2018

Introduction

It is estimated that 30% of all healthcare delivered in the US is inappropriate or wasteful. Startling levels of harm and more than 70,000 deaths occur each year due to medical errors. Dramatic levels of clinician-recognized “over-treatment” coupled with the higher expense of medical intervention services, supplies, and medications contribute to unsustainable healthcare costs in the US,4 and yet only 55% of appropriate healthcare services are delivered to patients. Both the lay press and scholarly writings have drawn attention to the importance of evidence-based medicine in helping to improve the quality of care delivered in the US healthcare industry.

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