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Information can kill

Huck, S.; Konrad, K.A.; (2004) Information can kill. (ELSE Working Papers 84). ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent advances in understanding links between genes and the susceptibility to particular diseases have considerably increased the scope for predictive diagnosis. Methods. We analyse how the introduc- tion of predictive diagnosis affects patients�decisions to undergo medical screenings relying on a �rational choice�model. Findings. We show that predictive diagnosis can increase the number of fatalities from a deadly disease. Interpretation. Our result shows the necessity of careful further analysis and debate about the pros and cons of predictive diagnosis and the publication of medical research in general.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Information can kill
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://else.econ.ucl.ac.uk/newweb/papers.php
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14592
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