Evidence-based de-implementation for contradicted, unproven, and aspiring healthcare practices

Implement Sci. 2014 Jan 8:9:1. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-9-1.


Abandoning ineffective medical practices and mitigating the risks of untested practices are important for improving patient health and containing healthcare costs. Historically, this process has relied on the evidence base, societal values, cultural tensions, and political sway, but not necessarily in that order. We propose a conceptual framework to guide and prioritize this process, shifting emphasis toward the principles of evidence-based medicine, acknowledging that evidence may still be misinterpreted or distorted by recalcitrant proponents of entrenched practices and other biases.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Patient Safety
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration