Overdiagnosis in respiratory medicine

Claudia C Dobler, Paul P Glasziou

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[Extract] There is increasing recognition that more is not always better in medicine and that ‘too much medicine’ is not only associated with unnecessary healthcare expenditure but also potentially harmful to patients. The global Choosing Wisely initiative has drawn attention to the problems of overtesting, overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis refers to a true‐positive diagnosis of a condition, but where the condition is not associated with any harm and will never cause an event or death of the patient.1 The benign prognosis means there is no benefit of making such a diagnosis, but potential for harm from labelling people as ill and from unnecessary treatments associated with adverse events.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-941
Number of pages3
Issue number10
Early online date17 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


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