The silent misdiagnosis

This week, Al Mulley, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, and Tessa Richards, BMJ associate editor, discuss the silent misdiagnosis: that of patient preferences.

Removing pre-cancerous cells spotted through screening is the foremost defence against cervical cancer. However, a recent BMJ paper has shown that women who go through this have a fourfold risk of going on to develop cancer compared to women who’ve only ever had normal smears, even if they complete follow up and are given the all clear. Matejka Rebolj, postdoctoral researcher, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, and Chris Meijer and Maaike Bleeker, pathologists in the Department of Pathology, VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, discuss what could be done to mitigate the risk.

See also:
Stop the silent misdiagnosis: patients’ preferences matter
Risk of cervical cancer after completed post-treatment follow-up of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: population based cohort study
Follow-up after treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

Demo video

Audio chapters:

The silent misdiagnosis: 0:33

Neoplasia follow up and risk of cervical cancer: 10:56

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