Letters Preventing overdiagnosis

Benefit cannot be assumed even if clinical trials are positive

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4297 (Published 25 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4297
  1. C Kevin Connolly, retired respiratory physician1
  1. 1Aldbrough St John DL11 7UJ, UK
  1. drckconnolly{at}gmail.com

The “diagnosis” of pseudodisease is always harmful,1 but Moynihan and colleagues might have pursued the potential hazards of the diagnosis of minimal disease opportunistically or by screening.

The effectiveness of intervention is almost impossible to assess. Most published studies are disease specific and rarely use the …

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