More targeted screening is necessary but may face resistance, experts say

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4293
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Changes to make national screening programmes more targeted at people with a higher risk of developing conditions and diseases may be unpopular with the general public, experts have told MPs.

Witnesses at a 25 June evidence session of the House of Commons science and technology committee’s inquiry into national health screening said that changes were needed but that they might not be universally welcomed.

MPs asked how difficult it would be to introduce more targeted, stratified screening if the general public was concerned that not everyone would be screened—possibly failing to detect problems in some people.

Hilary Burton, director of the PHG Foundation, an independent think tank focusing on genomics and other emerging …

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