Record number of Abstracts Submitted for Barcelona 2016

This year we have had 30% increase on abstract submissions for the Barcelona conference, September 20-22. The abstracts are currently being reviewed, and decisions should be made available in May to all those who submitted. Thanks to all who submitted an abstract.


Registration Open

Following successful conferences in Dartmouth in 2013, the University of Oxford in 2014 and the NIH in 2015, we are pleased to announce the 2016 international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference will be held in Barcelona. Registration is now open and includes day rates, medical and health student & patient respresentative rates, all a special early bird price of £385 which is inclusive of drinks reception/social on Wednesday evening.


Keynote Speakers Announced

The Public Bulwark
Baruch Fischhoff - Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Overdiagnosis in the name of the patient – breaking the vicious circle
Nikola Biller-Andorno - Institute of Biomedical Ethics & History of Medicine, University of Zurich

Salvador Peiró - Centre for Research in Health and Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, ESP

Cardiac Genomics and the Potential for Overdiagnosis
Chris Semsarian - Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, AUS

Dementia and ageing brains: the clash of evidence, belief and policy in diagnosis and capacity to benefit in our ageing populations
Carol Brayne - Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK

Primary care interventions / How to avoid unnecessary interventions in primary care
Cari Almazán - The Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality, ESP

New radiologic reporting and management guidelines for screening and incidental detection
William Black - The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, USA

Realising Realistic Medicine to address over-diagnosis
Catherine Calderwood - Chief Medical officer for Scotland, UK

Journey to understanding overdiagnosis and too much medicine
Carl Heneghan - Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (NDPCHS), University of Oxford, UK

Overdiagnosis and the medical profession; Time for a new social contract
Dr. Hugo Viens - Chair POD 2017, QMA president-elect


Innovations to the conference program

Incorporating feedback from many participants from around the world, the 2016 conference program will offer several innovations, all aimed to enhance the experience for people new to the conference and the overdiagnosis topic, and those with more experience in the field. A new form of session will be introduced, with a focus on the practical reality for clinicians struggling with overdiagnosis in their daily work – designed to share intelligence, tips and skills.


Undiagnosing and deprescribing: a special clinical session on Aging and Overdiagnosis

Professor David Le Couteur, University of Sydney in Australia; Dr Anna Renom Guiteras Geriatrician and Researcher in geriatric pharmacotherapy from the University Hospital Parc de Salut Mar in Barcelona Spain; Professor Tim Lambert, Director Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Australia; Professor. Dr. Mirko Petrovic, senior clinical researcher in geriatric pharmacotherapy, Universiteit Gent in Belgium.

This session is designed for doctors to share their tips and intelligence about how they practically deal with the problem of overdiagnosis with older people. It will feature practicing clinicians describing their approaches to undiagnosis and deprescribing in polymedicated older people and those with mental health disorders. Professor David Le Couteur’s recent paper on pre-dementia, was published as part of the overdiagnosis series in The BMJ.

The 2016 conference in Barcelona will also include a new plenary debate, featuring internationally respected Professor Paul Glasziou, Laragh Gollogly from the WHO, and Mónica Cavagna from the influential Spanish consumer group OCU, who will debate the controversial topic:

Drawing the line between Health and Disease: who and how to define disease?

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be another inspiring meeting


The Research Day

The Research Day on Friday 23rd September hopes to take advantage of so many researchers coming together and attending the conference.

Our aims for the Research Day are to network and get to know one another, have an opportunity to discuss the immediate research challenges, and set priorities for future research.

We have identified the following topics for discussion, with a separate 3-4 hour session for participants with this interest:

  • · Developing a framework for conceptualising de-implementation and strategies for curbing overdiagnosis.
  • · Developing a set of criteria to establish when a current screening strategy is no longer valid, and a less intensive or no screening strategy should be substituted.
  • · Developing a taxonomy of healthcare overuse.
  • · Considering the role of community juries in preventing overdiagnosis through public health policies.
  • · Developing methods and criteria for defining disease boundaries.
  • · Considering the role of shared decision making in reducing overdiagnosis.

These topics flow directly from the content of the preceding conference, and we hope to build further on ideas and work discussed there.

This meeting is not funded by the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference. In order to be self-sustaining a small fee of £70 will be requested to cover essentials. Refreshments are included in this fee.

Hosted by Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) in partnership with, The Dartmouth Institute, the BMJ, Bond University, Centre for Evidence -Based Medicine and the leading New-York based consumer organisation Consumer Reports The Preventing Overdiagnosis conference is administered by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

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