THESIS: Preventing Overdiagnosis, the Quaternary Prevention

Maria Llargués Pou, a soon-to-be Family Physician in Barcelona, recently shared with me her Bachelor's Thesis. 

Her work - "Primum non nocere" Preventing Overdiagnosis, the Quaternary Prevention provides a concise introduction to the efforts around the world to prevent overuse of tests, treatments, and disease-labels, as well as the reasons we must address this growing issue.

 

Medicine’s much hailed ability to help the sick is fast being challenged by its propensity to harm the healthy 

Llargués Pou has beautifully laid out an evolution of ideas, from Ivan Illich's idea of Iatrogenesis, to Jamoulle's attempts to thwart iatrogenic harm with a public health model of Quaternary Prevention, and now, contemporary efforts to tackle overdiagnosis, like the Choosing Wisely Campaign and Preventing Overdiagnosis conference. Her paper serves as a great "backgrounder" for those who wish to learn more about the broad themes and history of this movement.


You can view the full text HERE.

CONFERENCE: Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015 #PODC2015

I registered for this year's Preventing Overdiagnosis conference in Bethesda, MD (near Washington, DC).

You should too, before the spots are all filled up! Last year's in Oxford was incredible. Lots of inspiration, intriguing research and practical solutions to solving this problem on a 1:1 or international level.

If you are interested to see what other events are happening around the subject of 'too much medicine,' the 'right amount of care,' and so on, you can see them on the Events section of this site.

Comment here if there is something missing!

See you in Bethesda :)

 

Source: http://www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net/