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Majority of New Zealand’s Clinicians Are Concerned About Unnecessary Medical Interventions

Correspondent: Jennifer Schulz Moore

Sixty-eight percent of 800 New Zealand doctors and nurses surveyed by the Choosing Wisely campaign in 2018 consider the provision of unnecessary tests, procedures, or treatments a serious issue for health care in the country, up from 62 percent in 2016. Moreover, twice as many clinicians were familiar with the campaign compared to two years ago — 80 percent versus 41 percent. Choosing Wisely encourages patients to ask their providers such questions as “Do I really need this test?” or “Are there simpler, safer options?”.

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