Screening Mammography – Evidence-based vs politically-mandated care

An article in JAMA, 18th January 2016 raises concerns regarding the issue of science being disregarded in response to political pressures:

‘…Regarding its updated guidelines, the Task Force wrote, “the USPSTF cannot reinterpret the science and exaggerate the net benefit [of screening mammography] simply to ensure coverage…

…When Congress required DHHS to link insurance coverage policy to outdated public health guidance, it was making a scientific judgement for which it is distinctly unqualified. In effect, legislators implicitly concluded that a rigorous assessment of numerous research studies during the past 14 years is not relevant to women’s health today…

Rather than benefiting women, political interference with science can discourage shared decision making, increase harms from screening, and foster public doubt about the value and integrity of science.’

Kenneth W Lin, Lawrence O Goslin. A Public Health Framework for Screening Mammography – Evidence-based vs politically-mandated care’. JAMA, 18 January 2016.


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