The Continuing Need for Evidence in Healthcare: Current Controversies and The Path Forward
posted by MCG
on November 16, 2018
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.