Solutions and barriers to reducing the waste and harm of low value healthcare were highlighted at the recent Choosing Wisely Australia National meeting, which brought together health professionals, researchers and consumers.
Some of the successful initiatives profiled included a Canadian program to reduce low value transfusion practices, research pinpointing low value procedures, and efforts encouraging consumers to take a proactive and questioning approach to their healthcare.
Suggestions included introducing compulsory clinical epidemiology for all medical and specialist training, increasing the use of decision support tools, and removing Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers for low value care.
CroakeyVOICES caught up with some of the participants as part of Croakey Conference News Service coverage of the event.
Featuring in the podcast are:
- Professor Rachelle Buchbinder: Rheumatologist and epidemiologist and the co-author with Dr Ian Harris of the book, Hippocrasy: How doctors are betraying their oath.
- Debra Letica: Choosing Wisely consumer advocate.
- Dr Wendy Levinson: Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada.
- Dr Arnagretta Hunter: Physician and cardiologist, and Human Futures Fellow Australian National University.
- Linda Beaver: Consumer advocate with the Consumers Health Forum and author at Health Voices.
- Katherine Burchfield: CEO, Choosing Wisely Australia and NPS Medicinewise.