Half of Low-Value Services Had High Potential to Directly Harm Patients, Study Says

December 22, 2021 | Strategic Insights for Health System


What**'**s the**news. * Nearly half of identified low-value services—largely imaging and laboratory studies—had high potential to directly harm patients, while 62% had high potential for cascades (such as triggering downstream services), says a [December 6, 2021, study in JAMA Internal Medicine*](https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2786584) on "U.S. Choosing Wisely" recommendations.

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