Older Adults’ Perceptions of the Causes and Consequences of Healthcare Overuse: A Qualitative Study 1 2 3,4 Ariel R. Green, MD, MPH , Monica Tung, BA , and Jodi B. Segal, MD, MPH Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA; 2 3 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA; Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA; Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. decision making and enhancing communication and BACKGROUND: Overuse of healthcare is pervasive in the knowledge transfer should be tested as interventions United States, often exposing patients to harm with little to reduce perceived overuse. likelihood of benefit. Older Americans are particularly vulnerable to overuse and impacted by it, yet it is un- KEY WORDS: healthcare overuse; older adults; qualitative research. known whether older patients perceive overuse as a con- sequential problem. J Gen Intern Med 33(6):892–7 OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences and perspectives DOI: 10.1007/s11606-017-4264-y of older adults with respect to healthcare overuse in order © Society of General Internal Medicine 2017
Journal of General Internal Medicine – Springer Journals
Published: Jan 3, 2018
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