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Timing of patient benefit should be weighed in value of preventive services, researchers say
Modern Healthcare

The value of preventive services must be measured not just by how effective they are at reducing the risk of disease but also by how long before patients will benefit, a new online commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues.

Elderly patients, particularly those already weakened by chronic disease, do not always live long enough to benefit from some clinically recommended interventions that carry an immediate risk, such as complications or side effects, the authors said in their commentary.