Supporting a conference on the scope and causes of avoidable medical care

This grant supports the Conference on Avoidable Care, whose purpose is to enlist physicians and thought leaders in addressing avoidable care culturally, scientifically and ethically; to draft a research framework to quantify the problem's scope and causes; and to formulate methods to reduce avoidable care. Avoidable health care includes inappropriate care, over utilization of routine services, and defensive medicine. This conference represents an opportunity to bring together physicians from a broad range of medical specialties and models to discuss the problem. The conference organizers' ultimate goal is to contribute to the effort to transform the culture of health care in the United States from one in which patients and providers focus on volume and quantity to one centered on value and quality. The conference program will consist of short keynote speeches and extended panel discussions. Keynote speakers will include Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine. The grantee anticipates approximately 50 participants. Deliverables will include a media conference, a white paper detailing a research agenda, papers submitted to journals on conference discussion topics, and social-media outreach.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 12/4/2011

Time frame: 12/1/2011 - 5/31/2012

Grant Number: 69634


Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation

21 Longwood Avenue
Brookline, 02446-5329


Shannon Mililani Brownlee
Project Director


Vikas Saini
Project Director