Overuse of healthcare services in LMICs

3 November, 2022

Dear all

I would like to share with you our recent reviews published in BMJ Global Health and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Do LMICs struggle with the problem of too much medicine?

With a global team of >30 researchers, we synthesised the evidence from >500 articles involving ~8M participants or services from >80 LMICs.

We found that overdiagnosis and overuse of healthcare services are not only a problem in high-income countries - LMICs also struggle with both underuse of effective healthcare services and the overuse of unnecessary healthcare services between, across, and within countries.

Link to the articles:

The Conversation https://theconversation.com/low-and-middle-income-countries-struggle-to-...

BMJ https://gh.bmj.com/content/7/10/e008696?fbclid=IwAR0la_tMyXzLWWm-bLlFTE2...

World Health Organization (WHO) https://cdn.who.int/media/docs/default-source/bulletin/online-first/blt....

Twitter thread https://twitter.com/LoaiAlbarqouni/status/1587522230090891264?s=20&t=v2O...

Interested to hear your thoughts on this

Best regards


Loai Albarqouni MD, MSc, PhD | Assistant Professor | NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow

The Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare

Faculty of Medicine and Health, Bond University

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