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9 November 2017

5 medical treatments to question

More tests and procedures don’t always equal better care.

Modern medicine has given us more ways than ever to diagnose and treat illness. But there’s mounting evidence more tests and procedures don’t always equal better care.

As part of our Choosing Wisely campaign and Patient Safety Week, we’re providing information to help consumers make better health choices. Here’s our shortlist of 5 medical treatments to question:

1. Tests for headaches

Many people who get headaches want a CT scan or MRI to find out what’s triggering them. But most of the time these tests aren’t needed. Learn more.

2. Annual check-ups

Do you really need to have a medical check-up every year? If you’re in good health, you can probably skip it. Learn more.

3. Antibiotics for a cold

Colds and flu are caused by viruses. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can have unwanted results. Learn more.

4. Lower back pain imaging

Back pain is one of the most common reasons we go to the doc. But you’ll probably recover without any treatment. Learn more.

5. Vitamin D tests

Unless you’re at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency, you don’t need a vitamin D test. Learn more.

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This article is part of our content on Choosing Wisely, a campaign encouraging a change in thinking by health professionals and consumers to avoid unnecessary medical intervention.

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