40 treatments that bring little or no benefit to patients.

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“The Academy of Medical Royal colleges is today (Monday 24th October) launching its Choosing Wisely campaign, with a list of forty treatments and procedures that are of little or no benefit to patients.

The list, which has been drawn up by the Academy’s member royal colleges and faculties includes advice to both patients and doctors for treating health related issues such as:

Cuts and grazes – Tap water is just as good for cleaning them as saline solution

Lower back pain – X-rays are of little benefit if there are no other concerning features

Terminal cancer – Chemotherapy may be used to relieve symptoms but can also be painful, cannot cure the disease and may well bring further distress in the final months of life ………………….”

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