Can doing nothing sometimes be the best approach?

cwDr Amit Arora is a Consultant Physician and Geriatrician at University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Keele University.

You may have seen recent stories in the national media about a new campaign launched by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges called Choosing Wisely. It says that patients should be encouraged to ask if tests are really needed, that doctors should discuss potential harms of treatment with patients, and calls for experts to develop lists of common practices that should be stopped.

Continue reading