Right Care: Addressing Medical
Overuse and Underuse Globally
The newly published "Right Care" series in The Lancet is a call to action to tackle medical underuse and overuse worldwide. Through a comprehensive review of available evidence, the series explores the prevalence of overuse and underuse around the world, describes factors that drive inappropriate care, and suggests a path forward for addressing key issues together. In a companion editorial for the series, "Avoiding Overuse: The Next Quality Frontier," IHI President Emeritus Don Berwick makes the case that quality of care — that is, better matching care to needs, and practice to science — is central to addressing underuse of effective care and overuse of ineffective care.