The art of doing nothing in healthcare

The expanding possibilities in diagnostics and treatments have led to the question whether all possible care needs to be provided and needs to be accepted by patients. ‘Doing nothing’ might be preferred not only in terms of costs but also in terms of quality of life.

Which developments can be seen in the past 10 years regarding ‘doing nothing in healthcare’ at three levels (government, professional, patient)?

Three or four cases are chosen as guide.
Desk research, secondary analyses on earlier collected data, interviews with stakeholders, short survey in the Dutch Healthcare Consumer Panel, invitational conference before the end of the project.

This study gives insight into the extent to which ‘doing nothing’ occurs, which conditions apply and which considerations play a role, and how ‘doing nothing’ can be (better) embedded in healthcare.