Research Alliance forms to deal with overdiagnosis

Reversing the harms of overdiagnosis — “too much medicine” — is becoming a health care priority in Australia, prompting the formation of a new alliance of clinical, consumer, research and public organisations to tackle the problem, according to the authors of a Perspective published by the Medical Journal of Australia*.

Dr Ray Moynihan, a senior research fellow at the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University on the Gold Coast, and colleagues, wrote that too many Australians were “receiving diagnoses unlikely to benefit them”.

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