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Walking the tightrope: Communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare
  • Kirsten McCaffery, University of Sydney
  • Jesse Jansen, University of Sydney
  • Laura D Scherer, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
  • Hazel Thornton, University of Leicester
  • Jolyn Hersch, University of Sydney
  • Stacy L Carter, University of Sydney
  • Alexandra Barratt, University of Sydney
  • Stacey Sheridan, University of North Carolina
  • Ray Moynihan, Bond University
  • Jo Waller, University College London
  • John Brodersen, University of Copenhagen
  • Kristen Pickles, University of Sydney
  • Adrian Edwards, Cardiff University, UK
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McCaffery, K.J., Jansen, J., Scherer, L.D., Thornton, H., Hersch, J., Carter, S.M., Barratt, A., Sheridan, S., Moynihan, R., Waller, J., Brodersen, J., Pickles, K., & Edwards, A. (2016). Walking the tightrope: communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare. BMJ, 352(i348), 1-5.

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Overdiagnosis and overtreatment have serious implications for individuals, healthcare systems, and society,1 2 and effective strategies are urgently needed to help the public, clinicians, and policy makers address this problem. Communication about overdiagnosis has been highlighted as essential for moving forward but presents several challenges, such as the potential to confuse the public, undermine trust, and adversely affect people who already have a diagnosis. Various communication based strategies offer real promise; we describe what is known and what we need to know to communicate effectively and safely about overdiagnosis and overtreatment.
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Kirsten McCaffery, Jesse Jansen, Laura D Scherer, Hazel Thornton, et al.. "Walking the tightrope: Communicating overdiagnosis in modern healthcare" The BMJ Vol. 352 Iss. i348 (2016) p. 1 - 5 ISSN: 0959-8146
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