Definitions

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  • n. Excessive treatment, often specifically medical treatment
  • n. A window treatment added above an existing treatment

Etymologies

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over- +‎ treatment or overtreat +‎ -ment

Examples

  • One result is overtreatment, which is driving up health care costs, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation and surgeries, and is frequently no better than cheaper approaches.

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  • The couple's primary doctor, who knew them well and who had told them a year earlier that he considered a pacemaker "overtreatment," found out about the decision after the fact, by fax.

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  • Many medical experts consider cesarean deliveries to be a major component of "overtreatment" in the U.S. – procedures and tests that provide little or no benefit while subjecting patients to additional risks.

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  • Dr. John Bunker is surely correct in nothing that "overtreatment," deriving at least in part from inadequate knowledge on the efficacy of many medical procedures, is a serious problem that demands serious attention by the federal government.

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  • And rather than making people more healthy, that kind of overtreatment and overtesting makes them sicker.

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  • Many medical experts consider cesarean deliveries to be a major component of "overtreatment" in the U.S. -- procedures and tests that provide little or no benefit while subjecting patients to additional risks.

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  • At the same time, theoretical harms, such as overtreatment and patient anxiety, should be taken into account.

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  • Most women don't understand the risks of "overtreatment," says Steve Woloshin, a doctor at the Veterans Affairs Outcomes Group in White River Junction, Vt. This occurs when women are treated unnecessarily for breast tumors that are essentially harmless because they lack the ability to spread to other organs.

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  • "overtreatment" and the article aptly points out the collective efforts to eliminate waste in the surgical process (e.g. too many surgical drapes) as well as care that is not based on good evidence.

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  • The group says potential harms of screening include misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis, and the problems that can come from biopsies and overtreatment.

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