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Letters Overcoming overuse

Shared decision making won’t reduce uncertainty

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2987 (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k2987
  1. Huw Llewelyn, hospital physician and honorary departmental fellow in mathematics
  1. Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3FL, UK
  1. hul2{at}aber.ac.uk

The views on overdiagnosis and overtreatment expressed in The BMJ1 and in the New England Journal of Medicine2 do not offer a clear way forward. Experienced doctors have always been aware of the trade-off between overdiagnosis …

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