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Obstetricians and gynecologists have launched a campaign to reduce care that is unnecessary, can sometimes cause harm and costs the health care system.

A recently released report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information found that up to 30 per cent of all health care provided offers no value to patients. Knowing this, it’s time to ask if women are being given unnecessary care, not only during pregnancy and labour, but throughout their lifespan.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) recently joined +Choosing Wisely Canada, a clinician-led campaign to reduce unnecessary care, and in consultation with their membership developed an evidence-based list of recommendations: Ten Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.

The list includes unnecessary tests and procedures in labour, delivery and gynecological care that offer no value to patients and may potentially cause harm. Unnecessary care is also costly to the Canadian health care system.

(...thanks for sharing, +Kate Levett).
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