Rethinking the epidemic of overdiagnosis

Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of “disease” that will never cause symptoms or death during a patient’s lifetime. Newer, more accurate technologies, and the desire to detect disease even earlier means Overdiagnosis is on the rise. Understanding the impact of Overdiagnosis, how to detect it and what to do about it might stem its inexplicable rise and prevent the epidemic of unnecessary testing.

As part of this talk we recommend reading: Too Much Medicine: from evidence to action

Professor Carl Heneghan is a board member of the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference and has an active interest in diagnostic reasoning and how this can, or in some cases cannot, make a real difference to patient outcomes. He is also Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, a fellow of Kellogg College and an NHS Honorary Clinical Consultant and GP.

This talk is part of the Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening course which is part of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care.

This is a free event and members of the public are welcome to attend.