Against all reason: misuse and overuse of injections
Injections are one of the most common medical procedures. Each year some 16 billion injections are administered in developing and transitional countries. In certain regions of the world, use of injections has completely overtaken the real need, reaching proportions no longer based on rational medical practice. Up to 96% of persons presenting to a primary healthcare provider receive an injection, of which over 70% are unnecessary or could be given in an oral formulation.
Total = 16,000,000,000
(16 thousand million)
Patients prefer injections
because they believe them to be stronger and faster medications. They also believe that doctors regard injections to be the best treatment.
Doctors over-prescribe injections
because they believe that this best satisfies patients, even though patients are often open to alternatives. Prescription of an injection sometimes allows the charging of a higher fee for service.
Better communication between patients and providers can clarify misunderstandings and help to reduce injection overuse