Overtreatment
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Overtreatment actually refers to prescribing medications or medical procedures that may not be necessary for treating an illness, injury or disease. It may occur with traditional western medicine, or in holistic medicine. Overtreatment in the strict sense may refer to unnecessary medical interventions, including treatment of a self-limited condition, or extensive treatment for a condition that requires only limited treatment. Overtreatment as an ethical violation could help see the conflicting incentives of healthcare workers for treatment or non treatment.

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