We assessed the volume of three Choosing Wisely recommendations: low-back imaging by GPs, screening of patients over 75 years for colorectal cancer and diagnosing varices with Doppler or Plethysmography. recommendations showed a lot of practice variation; many healthcare providers did not order these low-value diagnostic tests; a minor part did order a substantial amount, low-back spine radiology in particular. These healthcare providers should start reducing these activities.
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Authors R.B. Kool, E.W. Verkerk, J. Meijs, N. van Gorp, Martijn Maessen, Gert Westert, Wilco Peul, S.A. van Dulmen.
‘Assessing volume and variation of low-value care practices in the Netherlands‘.
European Journal of Public Health