The Pros and Cons of Screening (Sense About Science / BMJ / BMC Geriatrics / BBC News / NHS England)


The brief “Making Sense of Screening” guide attempts to inform public expectations about screening programmes. It offers insights into the limitations of what screening programmes are sometimes able to deliver. Common misconceptions about how screening works are addressed, with an explanation of the balance between benefits and potential harms.

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Making sense of screening: a guide to weighing up the benefits and harms of health screening programmes. London: Sense About Science, July 3rd 2015.

A magazine-type article possibly also of interest:

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Mosley, M. (2015). Which medical tests are worth doing? London: BBC Health News / BBC NewsMagazine, August 11th 2015.

Easier Access to NHS Screening Programmes in England Required?

Proposals in the “Review of National Cancer Screening Programmes in England” call for more cancer screening services (rather than fewer), ever more easily accessible.

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NHS screening ‘needs to fit with busy lives’. London: BBC Health News, October 16th 2019.

This relates to:

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Modern screening can be more personalised and convenient to save lives says new report. [Online]: NHS England, October 16th 2019.

Insights From the BMJ “Too Much Medicine” Campaign

“The BMJ’s Too Much Medicine campaign aims to highlight the threat to human health posed by overdiagnosis and the waste of resources on unnecessary care”.

Click here to view recent articles relating to the BMJ’s “Too Much Medicine” campaign.

Dementia in Particular?

Possibly also of interest, regarding the dementia case finding debate:

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Martin, S. Kelly, S. [and] Khan, A. [et al] (2015). Attitudes and preferences towards screening for dementia: a systematic review of the literature. BMC Geriatrics. June 16th 2015, 15, 66. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

There is said to be “very limited benefit of screening for dementia”

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Mate, KE. Magin, PJ. [and] Brodaty, H. [et al] (2017). An evaluation of the additional benefit of population screening for dementia beyond a passive case-finding approach. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. March 2017; 32(3): 316-323.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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