Letters Overdiagnosis

Another cause of overdiagnosis: fear of litigation

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6969 (Published 21 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6969
  1. Stuart John Cornell, general practitioner1
  1. 1Sheffield, UK
  1. johnc19{at}me.com

I thoroughly agree with Heath’s analysis.1 However, there is another dimension to the problem of overdiagnosis—the fear of litigation, which comes from two directions.

Firstly, I suspect that many doctors, supported by members of the public, feel there is …

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