In the bmj this week an open access editorial states, ‘there is a sense that medicine is getting out of control’. Overtreatment and harms can arise when there are financial incentives and ‘Well meaning doctors, patients, politicians, and journalists consistently overestimate the benefits and underestimate the harms of most medical treatments’.
‘A comprehensive social health movement that combines the perspectives and resources of healthcare professionals, patient representatives, and consumer advocates in a partnership that aims to counter overdiagnosis and overtreatment is well overdue. A partnership model that affirms themes of mutual respect and collaboration can enable questions and concerns to be raised in different voices for different audiences; can foster wider dissemination of key messages to enlarge collective action; and can generate diverse strategies to promote public awareness and policy change.’
The editorial includes links to enable people to endorse calls to action .
Tiefer L, Witczak K, Heath I. A Call to Challenge the Selling of Sickness. BMJ 2013;346:f2809 (http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f2809?etoc=)