If some medical care is good, more must be better. Right?
Unfortunately, this is often not the case. In fact, the opposite can be true—some measures of health are worse in areas where people receive more health services.
Join leaders in research and health policy at UCSF who highlight situations in which the overuse of medical care may result in harm and in which less care is likely to result in better health. It’s time to challenge the implicit belief, on the part of both clinicians and patients, that more is better.
See what you should know about risks and benefits of cancer screening, “routine” examinations, alternative medicine, drug prescriptions, cardiac testing and end-of-life care.
Bottom line for consumers – choose wisely, change the question from Why don’t you do that test? to Why did you do that test?, and challenge the belief that more is better.
Certainly it is better, easier and cheaper to prevent disease than treat it.
Although preventive medicine has focused traditionally on children and younger adults, current medical thinking is that adults — and especially older adults — also need specific attention to preventive medicine to minimize the chance of acute and chronic illnesses.
This series with UCSF experts on preventive medicine, integrative medicine, and internal medicine reviews current evidence on:
Today, UCTV Prime premieres the first installment in the “UCTV Prime: Cuts,” a biweekly series of segments focusing on research developments, entertaining events and interesting personalities from the University of California.
The debut episode brings viewers inside UC Davis’ Center for Companion Animal Health at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where veterinarians and physicians are busy researching cancer in both pets and people to develop better treatments for both. It’s a research endeavor that should appeal to dog and human lovers alike.