A group of organisations representing doctors in the US have jointly released a document detailing 90 common mistakes healthcare professionals make.
According to the Washington Post, this list has been released to dissuade those people from commissioning treatments and ordering tests on patients when there are alternative methods that could cause them less distress.
These are the second set of recommendations made as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely campaign.
Daniel Wolfson, executive vice president of the foundation, said the instructions are designed to show that "sometimes less is better" when it comes to the treatment of some of the most vulnerable patients.
The guidelines are focused in particular on the US, where patients pay for individual treatments. However, the foundation stated that in many cases patients are caused unnecessary discomfort or pain through certain treatments.
It highlighted the fact dementia patients who are not able to feed themselves are regularly provided with sustenance through feeding tubes, despite the fact it is often more effective and humane to feed them orally.
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