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OHSU physician awarded $2 million to investigate health care practices that 'don’t work'

Laura and John Arnold Foundation supports three-year effort to reduce use of low-value care and prevent unnecessary medical spending
Vinay Prasad, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Vinay Prasad, M.D., M.P.H. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

Vinay Prasad, M.D., M.P.H., is not afraid to point out when things don’t work.

“When you look at the balance of benefit and harm, some therapies provide no net benefit,” says Prasad, an assistant professor of medicine (hematology and medical oncology) in the OHSU School of Medicine, member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and senior scholar in the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU.

Prasad has landed a $2 million grant to go after this problem.

The funding, awarded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, will support an effort to uncover treatments and tests that are contradicted by reliable evidence. The three-year project calls for sharing the findings via a public website and developing teaching modules that can be incorporated into medical school or residency curricula. The goal is to help reduce the use of low-value care and prevent unnecessary medical spending.

Read more about the award on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute science blog, Cancer Translated

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