Identifying Potential Areas of Low-Value Healthcare-Phase 0

Moriah E. Ellen, Saritte M. Perlman, Jeremy M. Grimshaw

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In Chapter 4, we introduced a framework for reducing low-value care. In this chapter, we discuss the first phase of the framework: how to identify low-value health services. First, we identify several ways to identify low-value care. Next, we describe resources that identify low-value care including lists of low-value care, guidelines, and systematic reviews that can help you to identify potential low-value care to target. Existing resources include Choosing Wisely recommendations, clinical practice guidelines (for example, US Preventive Services Task Force Grade D recommendations), health technology assessment reports, and systematic reviews (for example, Cochrane reviews). We end with the connection between identifying low-value care and measuring it locally, which will be discussed in Chapter 7.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow to Reduce Overuse in Healthcare
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Guide
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781119862758
ISBN (Print)9781119862727
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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