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Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare

McCaffery, KJ; Jansen, J; Scherer, LD; Thornton, H; Hersch, J; Carter, SM; Barratt, A; ... Edwards, A; + view all (2016) Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare. BMJ , 352 , Article i348. 10.1136/bmj.i348. Green open access

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Abstract

Communication that empowers the public, patients, clinicians, and policy makers to think differently about overdiagnosis will help support a more sustainable healthcare future for all, argue Kirsten McCaffery and colleagues. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment have serious implications for individuals, healthcare systems, and society, and effective strategies are urgently needed to help the public, clinicians, and policy makers address this problem. Communication about overdiagnosis has been highlighted as essential for moving forward but presents several challenges, such as the potential to confuse the public, undermine trust, and adversely affect people who already have a diagnosis. Various communication based strategies offer real promise; we describe what is known and what we need to know to communicate effectively and safely about overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

Type: Article
Title: Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.i348
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i348
Language: English
Additional information: This article has been accepted for publication in the British Medical Journal following peer review. The definitive copyedited, typeset version, McCaffery, KJ; Jansen, J; Scherer, LD; Thornton, H; Hersch, J; Carter, SM; Barratt, A; (2016) Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare. BMJ, 352, Article i348, is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i348.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474595
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