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Unnecessary Procedures

"Unnecessary Procedures" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Diagnostic, therapeutic, and investigative procedures prescribed and performed by health professionals, the results of which do not justify the benefits or hazards and costs to the patient.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Unnecessary Procedures" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Unnecessary Procedures" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 198 publications over 21 distinct years, with a maximum of 26 publications in 2014 and 2015
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.