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Letters Crisis in evidence based medicine

The RCGP’s new standing group on overdiagnosis

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4454
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner and chair 1,
  2. Julian Treadwell, general practitioner and member1
  1. 1Royal College of General Practitioners’ Standing Group on Overdiagnosis, Glasgow G13 1JE, UK
  1. Margaret{at}

Overdiagnosis and overtreatment are close to the hearts of GPs.1 We are frustrated by the limited resources for applying evidence based guidelines, which are often distant from the local population and the reality of multimorbidity. It is a travesty that so many guidelines and invitations (for example, to NHS Health Checks) have been produced with not enough information for patients to be able to make high quality shared decisions.

A recent council meeting of the Royal College of …

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