Letters Screening for aortic aneurysm

Detection is not as harmful as it might seem

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39563.455926.80 (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:973
  1. Theresa M Marteau, professor of health psychology
  1. 1King’s College, London SE1 9RT
  1. theresa.marteau{at}kcl.ac.uk

Johnson argues that screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm may cause psychological harm by alerting people that they have a condition that nothing can be done about but that can cause sudden death.1 This notion is contradicted by a large literature on how people respond to aneurysm screening2 and …

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