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Survey: Most New Zealand Health Professionals Are Concerned About Unnecessary Medical Interventions

Country Correspondent: Jennifer Moore

A survey of around 800 doctors and nurses conducted in late 2018 found that 68 percent consider the provision of unnecessary tests, procedures, or treatments to be a somewhat or very serious issue, up from 62 percent in 2016. An even larger share of health professionals, 84 percent, now actively discourage patients from seeking a particular procedure or test, or do not provide it at all, compared to 77 percent just two years before. The survey was conducted by the Choosing Wisely campaign, which is coordinated by the Council of Medical Colleges and supports the reduction of unnecessary tests, treatments, and procedures in health care.

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