Innovation Versus Exnovation
Sometimes, we need to go backwards to go forwards in medicine
Roisin McGuigan |
Innovation drives translational science forwards – but what happens after an innovation has been adopted? Sometimes, advancing medical practice means taking note of new evidence and moving in the opposite direction, according to Kimon Bekelis, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, New Hampshire, USA – and first author of a recent study on the importance of de-adoption – also known as exnovation (1).
“The process by which innovations enter everyday use has been studied extensively in many disciplines. But the process by which physicians scale back the use of medical practice has received much less attention”, says Bekelis.
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