Overdiagnosis

Screening: Chapter 9, Part 3 - Practice: Improving Health

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Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

A primer for medical students looking at the pros and cons of screening, examining the ethical issues of overscreening and who profits from promoting the tests. From AFMC's Primer on Population Health.

Uninformed compliance or informed choice? A needed shift in our approach to cancer screening

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Michael Edward Stefanek
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Journal of the National Cancer Institute
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2011

Argues for more efforts to educate screening candidates about the harms and benefits of cancer screening in general, and to engage in shared (doctor and patient) decision making about taking the tests. (Abstract only.)

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Abstract only is available without subscription. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djr474

What you should know about medical screening

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English
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Online
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Alan Cassels
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The Tyee
Publication Date: 
June 20, 2011

A series of articles by the author of Seeking Sickness and co-author of Selling Sickness, examining the issues of unnecessary medical screening. Argues that pharmaceutical companies are driving the increased push for screening. 

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‘Get with the Program!’: pharmaceutical marketing, symptom checklists and self-diagnosis

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Online
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Mary Ebeling
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73(6):825-32
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Social Science and Medicine
Publication Date: 
July 26, 2011

Reviews and analyzes disease awareness campaigns sponsored by pharmaceutical companies that use self-diagnostic tools. Uses the example of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) to discuss how the marketing of self-diagnosis can change the patient into a consumer to achieve the aims of drug companies. (Abstract only)

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Abstract only is available without subscription. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.05.054.

Bone density tests: when you need them and when you don’t

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Choosing Wisely
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2012

A factsheet about when it is useful to have a bone density test and when it is not appropriate – and possibly harmful – to have these tests done.

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Choosing Wisely

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
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Advocacy
Community education/development

An American campaign by Advancing Medical Professionalism to Improve Health Care to encourage physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and that in some instances can cause harm.

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USA

Private health screening: what to think about when you’re thinking about screening tests

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English
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Online

The website of a group of doctors in Britain concerned about the safety and the ethics of private screening tests, and about companies who advertise those tests. Includes resources to help people decide whether or not to take a screening test.

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Over-diagnosis epidemic

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English
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Online
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Ray Moynihan
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The Conversation
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2012

A ten-part online series that outlines the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overuse of medical screening tests.

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The WHO reproductive health library

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English
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Online
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World Health Organization
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Geneva, Switzerland

An electronic review journal that takes the best available evidence on sexual and reproductive health from Cochrane systematic reviews and presents it as practical actions for clinicians (and policy-makers) to improve health outcomes, especially in developing countries.

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Available online.

Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA)

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
Français
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Information provision and referral

A professional organization of approximately 400 individuals in the health sciences library field in Canada whose mission is to lead health librarians and information specialists towards excellence through professional development, networking and advocacy.

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416-646-1600
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info@chla-absc.ca
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416-646-9460
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39 River St.
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Toronto
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Ontario
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M5A 3P1
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Canada
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