Letters “Informed choice” in a time of too much medicine

Citizens’ juries could help to guide screening policy

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3520 (Published 28 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3520
  1. Cinzia Colombo, researcher1,
  2. Paola Mosconi, head1
  1. 1Laboratory of research on consumer involvement, Department of Public Health, IRCCS Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, Milan, Italy
  1. cinzia.colombo{at}marionegri.it

The article by Johansson and colleagues discusses informed choice in the context of the medicalisation of society, highlighting the common beliefs that “more is better” and “prevention is better than cure,” as well as the potential harm from information about a disease when people are asymptomatic, such as in screenings.1 …

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