Shoulder imaging overuse lacks evidence

A survey of 639 GPs and 64 rheumatologists, presented at the Australian Rheumatology Association conference, found an ‘evidence-practice’ gap in primary care, prompting calls to reduce inappropriate referrals and costly imaging.

Study author and clinical epidemiologist Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, of Monash University, said doctors should ask themselves whether x-rays and ultrasound would change their management. “Image guidance does not improve the effectiveness of injections. GPs could reconsider why they are