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Deliberate Clinical Inertia

Quick facts

Principal investigator:
Prof Gerben Keijzers
Team members:
Prof Gerben Keijzers, Prof Daniel Fatovich, A/Prof Louise Cullen, A/Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton, Dr Paul Glasziou, A/Prof Ian Scott, and Prof Pat Croskerry
Project commenced:

Deliberate Clinical Inertia is the art of doing nothing as a positive response, focusing on avoiding harm. The concept aligns with Choosing Wisely and promotes care in resource use and encourages patients and doctors to ask the question: ‘Do I really need this test or treatment?’.

Many research projects at Gold Coast University Hospital, such as Deliberate Clinical Inertia, focus on finding treatments that are less invasive for patients, cheaper for the system, easier to administer for the staff, and lead to the same or better health outcomes for the patients.

“The avoidance of harm must become an important pillar in modern medicine”.

—Prof Gerben Keijzers

Last updated 29 Oct 2020