Special Collection: De-implementation of low-value health care: resource prioritization in the COVID-19 pandemic era

Cochrane Special Collection series: Opportunities for de-implementing low value healthcare

During 2020 and 2021, the Cochrane Sustainable Healthcare Field initiated an editorial collaborative project with Cochrane Argentina, Cochrane Chile, Cochrane Methodology Review Group, Evidence Aid, Cochrane Denmark and Cochrane Sweden. The project will produce a series of special collections assembling Cochrane reviews with the aim to create a platform highlighting ineffective or harmful interventions for to generate discussions of these interventions, and consequently actions to improve the sustainability in healthcare.

The first Special Collection in the series is titled: De-implementation of low-value health care: resource prioritization in the COVID-19 pandemic era is published today. This Collection is primarily aimed at healthcare professionals, healthcare policymakers and guideline developers. The Collection will be continually updated with new reviews.

The titles of the Cochrane systematic reviews included in this first Collection in the series are:

  • General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality
  • Routine preoperative medical testing for cataract surgery
  • Subacromial decompression surgery for rotator cuff disease
  • Percutaneous vertebroplasty for osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture
  • Transfusion thresholds and other strategies for guiding allogeneic red blood cell transfusion
  • Follow-up strategies for patients treated for non-metastatic colorectal cancer
  • Recall intervals for oral health in primary care
  • Routine scale and polish for periodontal health in adults

See also the accompanying editorial: Making wise choices about low-value health care in the COVID-19 pandemic; and Evidently Cochrane has also produced an accompanying blog ‘Choosing health care wisely when resources are scarce.