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Over- and Underuse in Family Medicine

In order to reduce overuse and underuse in the healthcare system, it is necessary to define appropriate care according to current knowledge and to measure it. However, measurement is hampered by inadequate political and structural frameworks, limited availability of electronic data and poor data quality. To improve the measurement of over- and underuse in Swiss family medicine, this Policy Brief recommends:

i) the development of a comprehensive digital strategy,

ii) the strengthening of a data-based quality culture, and

iii) the support of bottom-up initiatives.


Stakeholder(s): Representatives from practice, health insurances, physicians' network organisations, and education.

SLHS Lead: Institute of Primary Care, University of Zurich

Authors: Rahel Meier, Yael Rachamin

Policy Brief & Summary of Stakeholder Dialogue (available in German): Download PDF

Key Messages: German, English, French, Italian

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