Overdiagnosis, overtreatment, patient information and choice, payment incentives for doctors…

Choosing Wisely in the UK: the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ initiative to reduce the harms of too much medicine. A Malhotra et al. BMJ 2015;350:h2308
‘A Malhotra and colleagues explain how and why a US initiative to get doctors to stop using interventions with no benefit is being brought to the UK’


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3 Responses to Overdiagnosis, overtreatment, patient information and choice, payment incentives for doctors…

  1. Therese Taylor says:

    Thank you for this and all other links you have been sending. I am still following this issue closely and have attempted since last September to get a profile of Dr. Cornelia J. Baines published. Amazing that our local mainstream media are so disinterested.

    • bmitzi says:

      Hi Therese – glad to be a conduit! Media & others reluctant to highlight medical harms – most do not understand the difference between good and poor research – plus don’t like to admit to the harms of medicine – easier to shout ‘health rationing’ when there is suggestion wholesale screening should be stopped. And not easy for those who have been harmed by screening to accept it has done so – and possibly not saved their lives. Hopefully, history will eventually sort and record the heroes in all this – those who dare to speak out even when they know they are likely to come under attack. really good that the Academy of Royal Colleges has this initiative and that BMJ also has ‘Too Much Medicine’ series.

  2. adawells says:

    Thank you for giving women access to this information. I now know who Cornelia Baines is, and this has given me someone else to follow. It makes me laugh that the Choosing Wisely campaign is coming to Britain from America. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

    I have refused screening for years and it has been a constant, unpleasant battle with my GP and with other women. To my mind the health service has coerced, bullied and blackmailed women into screening tests, many of them are unsure about and very unhappy with. Real information has been deliberately withheld behind a barrage of pink propaganda and scaremongering. Not surprisingly the public cling to these programmes for fear of their lives, often under the impression that they will be denied treatment for cancer if they fail to comply. For many women screening has become a religious duty. The medical profession must be terrified of the truth coming out. Thanks to the internet, there is a growing army of angry women out here who have been harmed by tests they didn’t want to have. I hope it is unstoppable.

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