Barcelona September 20-22 2016

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, with a special early bird price of £385 which is inclusive of drinks reception/social on Wednesday evening.

Call for Abstracts Open – Accepted in English & Spanish

You can now submit an abstract for an oral presentation, poster, workshop or seminar at the 2016 conference. Abstracts will be accepted for topics related to overdiagnosis and we encourage abstracts from researchers, clinicians, policy-makers, industry, or representatives from patient or citizen groups working in health care.

Several broad themes related to overdiagnosis have been developed by the scientific committee. While there is no restriction to these themes, abstracts are being encouraged in these areas:

• Widening disease definitions that cause overdiagnosis
• Genomics and the potential for overdiagnosis
• Economic consequences of overdiagnosis
• Ageing: overdiagnosis, dediagnosis and deprescribing
• Cultural and existential drivers of overdiagnosis
• Interventions to mitigate harms of overdiagnosis
• Big data

You can submit an abstract in English or Spanish by clicking here.

Format – Complete Abstract, max 400 words. Objective, Method, Results, Conclusions max 100 words each.

Keynote Speakers Announced

Cari Almazán - The Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality, ESP
William Black - The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, USA
Carol Brayne - Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK
Carl Heneghan - Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (NDPCHS), University of Oxford, UK
Salvador Peiró - Centre for Research in Health and Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, ESP Chris Semsarian - Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, AUS
Nikola Biller-Andorno - Institute of Biomedical Ethics & History of Medicine, University of Zurich
Baruch Fischhoff - Carnegie Mellon University, USA

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 include two plenary debates, involving voices from across the healthcare landscape.

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

Big Data.

In 2016, involvement of patients and citizen representatives will take a higher priority. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be another inspiring meeting.

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