What is Medical Overuse? Overuse is medical care in which the harms outweigh benefits, when benefits are negligible or when fully informed patients would forego medical care (Institute of Medicine).
In short, overuse is medical care that provides more harm than benefit or care not desired by an informed patient. Related terms include overdiagnosis, overtreatment, overutilization and low-value care.
British Medical Journal 2012
About the author: Dan Morgan is a physician and epidemiologist interested in overuse and how to provide more appropriate medical care.