An article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls for a new approach to recognize and manage "therapeutic illusion" to improve the use of medical treatments. Therapeutic illusion, an unjustified belief in treatment, has been proven in previous studies in different environments. Consistently, physicians have reported overestimating the benefits of inappropriate tests and treatments. The result: physicians' belief that their actions or tools are more effective than they actually are can perpetuate unnecessary and costly care.
Do you think greater effort is needed to promote more rational decision making on the part of physicians to deliver better healthcare?