Letters Screening at your parish church

Is “efficient” and “painless” screening worth the candle?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2336 (Published 09 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2336
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care1
  1. 1University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}ucl.ac.uk

    My elderly relative recently received an invitation on a letterhead entitled “Life Line Screening: the Power of Prevention” for the same package of tests referred to by Warlow.1 She had been made extremely anxious by the letter and thought she would go along “just to be on the safe side.” The letter had a postscript: “Your friends and family are welcome to have these tests even if they haven’t received a letter. Please tell a friend or a loved one—you may just save a life.”

    Eighteen months ago a patient of mine was invited for “thermographic breast screening” at her private gym. Having recently …

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