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dc.contributor.authorLewis, Jeremy
dc.contributor.authorCook, Chad
dc.contributor.authorHoffman, Tammy
dc.contributor.authorO'Sullivan, Peter
dc.identifier.citationLewis , J , Cook , C , Hoffman , T & O'Sullivan , P 2020 , ' The Elephant in the Room: Too Much Medicine in Musculoskeletal Practice ' , Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy , vol. 50 , no. 1 , pp. 1-4 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 17709609
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85077430039
dc.description.abstractWhile advances in assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions have improved care for many people, there have been other, less beneficial developments in the provision of care for people with musculoskeletal pain conditions, one of which is the worrying tendency to provide too much medicine. Too much medicine occurs when the provision of either investigation or intervention (or both) is unjustifiably excessive. Another concern in musculoskeletal health care is medicalizing normality-when a normal human function or condition is labeled as abnormal. In this Viewpoint, the authors argue that medicalizing normality creates health concerns where none exist, while too much medicine involves provision of care where benefits do not outweigh harms, and wastes precious health care resources. The authors (1) list 2 common examples of too much medicine, and 2 examples of medicalizing normality, relevant to physical therapy practice; (2) outline the drivers of too much medicine and medicalizing normality; and (3) make suggestions for change.en
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
dc.subjectclinical practice
dc.subjecthealth care
dc.subjectPhysical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
dc.titleThe Elephant in the Room: Too Much Medicine in Musculoskeletal Practiceen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Allied Health Professions, Midwifery and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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