Certain procedures and drugs maybe non-beneficial to patients or even more harmful. In eldercare unneeded procedures and prescriptions can hinder the patients recovery or keep them from returning home at all.
Dr. Andrew Lazris, a Maryland internist and environmental scientist Erik Rifkin are talking about the philosophy of shared decision making. They are approaching this with a pictorial showing the number of people who are actually helped by procedures in their video Risk-Benefit Characterization Theater. This is meant to spark beneficial patient and doctor conversations about their procedures, if they are needed, and if they can really help or prevent conditions.