Overdiagnosis is now a health challenge recognised across many nations. Debates about its definition continue, but in short, overdiagnosis happens when health systems routinely diagnose people in ways that do not benefit them or that even do more harm than good, argue Ray Moynihan and colleagues.
Australia is responding to the complex challenge of overdiagnosis. Ray Moynihan, Alexandra L Barratt, Rachelle Buchbinder, Stacy M Carter, Thomas Dakin, Jan Donovan, Adam G Elshaug, Paul P Glasziou, Christopher G Maher, Kirsten J McCaffery and Ian A Scott. Med J Aust 2018; 209 (8): 332-334
National media coverage following the release of this publication:
- ABC 24 News TV – interview with Ray Moynihan, 15 October 2018
- 3AW Melbourne with Neil Mitchell – interview with Ray Moynihan, 15 October 2018
- The Sydney Morning Herald – print and online. Overdiagnosis is harming patients and action is required says Chief Medical Officer. 15 October 2018
- The Age – print and online. Overdiagnosis ‘epidemic’ puts patients at risk. 15 October 2018
- ABC Radio National – AM program – interviews with Michael Shirley, Ray Moynihan and Sanchia Aranda. 15 October 2018