Diagnosing overdiagnosis: conceptual challenges and suggested solutions
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Overdiagnosis is a fundamental challenge to modern health care . It is claimed to be “the biggest problem posed by modern medicine” , leading to unnecessary suffering and significant costs . In the USA it is estimated that it results in more than $200bn wasted on unnecessary treatment every year , and that 30 % of the health care spending is on ineffective measures [4, 5].
KeywordsCommon Definition Early Testing Health Care Spending False Negative Test False Positive Test Result
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