Care, such as diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, with no or low benefit for the patient, so-called low-value care.
What are examples of unnecessary care?
There are many different situations in which care can have no or low benefit for the patient. A few examples:
Why is unnecessary care delivered?
Many different factors can play a part in delivering unnecessary care. Among other things, it is difficult for caregivers to determine for which groups of patients and in what situation a health care practice is unnecessary. And even if we know that care is unnecessary, it is often difficult to stop this. This is partly because our care system is focused on 'doing'; Healthcare providers are paid for 'doing' and not for 'doing nothing'. In addition, convincing the patient that a certain care practice is not benficial usually takes more time than a treatment proposal. For caregivers it is sometimes difficult to talk with patients about what is not useful (anymore), especially if patients have high expectations of that practice.