Tag Archives: Over-Diagnosis

Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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Evidence Versus Mythology: Challenging Cherished Orthodoxies (British Journal of General Practice)

Summary A brief communication in the British Journal of General Practice points to recent evidence raising some interesting questions which many might prefer to duck. This “devil’s advocate”-style letter challenges readers to question some supposedly established axioms in modern dementia … Continue reading

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Investigating Simplified Approaches to Diagnosis / Screening of Dementia (British Journal of General Practice)

Summary This article reports on research to discover a simplified, quick and easy method of dementia diagnosis, where clinical assessment has already suggested possible dementia. The aim is to reduce the need for specialist referrals and more expensive detailed, time-consuming … Continue reading

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Potential Costs and Risks of Over-Diagnosis and Over-Treatment? (BBC News / AoMRC / BMJ)

Summary The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has again warned of the culture of a “more is better” approach regarding potentially unnecessary healthcare interventions. Their “Choosing Wisely” campaign (imported from the USA) exhorts medical organisations each to identify five … Continue reading

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Screening to Identify People at Risk of Dementia (JRCPE)

Summary This article in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh presents a balanced account of both sides of the argument with regards to whether screening for dementia might be beneficial, and concerning the recent controversy on … Continue reading

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The Dementia Case-Finding Debate Continues (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary Fewer than half of the estimated 670,000 people with dementia typically receive a formal diagnosis, and the government has the well-intentioned aspiration to increase dementia diagnosis rates in England to two-thirds by 2015. A GP writing in the British … Continue reading

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NHS Atlas of Variations in Diagnostic Services (Public Health England / NHS Right Care / BBC News)

Summary The “NHS Atlas of Variation in Diagnostic Services”, published by NHS Right Care and Public Health England (with the assistance of numerous other organisations and clinicians), charts significant variations in how health conditions are identified, diagnosed and monitored. The … Continue reading

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