Wake up and smell the #overdiagnosis

Alan Cassels is not a shy kind of guy. He tells it like it is and is not one to stay quiet even if what he says may be unpopular. 

And usually it is pretty unpopular. 

However, it is necessary. From calling out the BC government's inaction on Choosing Wisely to fighting the overmedication of Canadian seniors and digging into the Sex, drugs, and rockin' beat of tramadol and tramacet's marketing machine, he is not afraid to talk about the elephants in the room, when it seems no one else is willing.

 

Cassels is a policy analyst, author, and champion debunker when it comes to pharmaceutical policy and the medicalization of Canadians.

In his most recent article for Focus Magazine, Cassels highlighted the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, the harms of prostate cancer screening, and my perspective on the issues. 

I've had the chance to work with Cassels on a few small projects but to be called a 'resistor' by him feels like quite a pretty high honour! Check it out in Focus.

Less is more, InVivo Magazine

in Vivo Magazine

in Vivo Magazine

In the spring, I had the pleasure of being one of many people interviewed by Julie Zaugg for In Vivo Magazine.

Their sixth issue featured Less is More with data and opinions from mainly Swiss physicians and researchers. 

From the by-line, it seems they've missed the idea entirely

People are beginning to speak out against over-medialization. Measures are being taken to encourage less care, even if that means giving up old certainties.

That sounds like doing less is a terrible idea! Fortunately, the article comprehensively features the benefits of taking this approach to care. Comfort with uncertainty is one trait that can make a good physician great. That piece explores the state of the 'overmedicalised world,' the causes for it, and what some of the remedies might be. My emphasis? Patient-centred care.

You can see the article here, or explore the whole issue on Issu. If you'd like to see other interviews, articles, or talks I have participated in, check out the Media section.

 

It was wonderful to be a small part of the article and because of my involvement, I learned about "Smarter Medicine," a Swiss campaign [in German and French] similar to Choosing Wisely;  I have a feeling that they two will be integrated in time. This and other projects around the world are featured on the ever-growing Projects page.

 

 

Source: http://www.invivomagazine.com/en/focus/chr...

Focus on Choosing Wisely Canada from CMAJ

Choosing Wisely Canada and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) have teamed up to create this excellent digital book. It includes background information on the campaign and why it exists, practice cases which highlight unnecessary or harmful tests & treatments, and guidance on five clinical topics. There are also true or false questions that test your knowledge about which medical interventions are warranted.

This digital book is a really cool way to get familiar with the campaign and might be a fantastic manual for teaching. Have a look:

Source: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/d5b8a5...