HOLA I BENVINGUTS! HELLO AND WELCOME!

We are delighted to welcome everyone to Preventing Overdiagnosis 2016. This year we have delegates attending from 30 countries, across all continents on earth. Overdiagnosis and overtreatment are challenges to all health systems around the world and this conference is a truly international collaborative event to address the important challenges facing all of us. Most of the conference will take place in English, but each day there will be parallel sessions in Spanish. Together we will work to better understand the causes and consequences of overdiagnosis, and discuss a range of interventions to move forward with preventing it.

New themes this year cover Genetics and genomic tests, and Ageing and deprescribing. These topics feature in New Frontiers in overdiagnosis and overtreatment on Day 2. Cultural and existential drivers of overdiagnosis will keep our perspectives broad and on Day 3 we move forward with Evidence into Action amidst a plethora of parallel sessions on interventions to mitigate overdiagnosis.

Thank you for the support of local Catalan & Spanish associate partners. We are especially grateful to the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment (AQuAS) of the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia, an organization that is contributing to preventing overdiagnosis with its Essencial project to avoid low value clinical practices. Moreover, AQuAS has put a great interest and effort in hosting this conference in Barcelona, a cosmopolitan city that you would enjoy and we are sure you will want to visit over and over again.

We very much hope you take advantage of this multi-disciplinary gathering to meet, network and enjoy the science of this problem and its solutions. We are looking forward to meeting you. Together we will exchange our research on Preventing Overdiagnosis and work towards making our health systems safe, sustainable and successful, well into the future.


Keynote Speakers

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

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

Scientific Program Co-chairs 2016: Dr Iona Heath, Professor Alex Barratt and Dr Ray Moynihan


Preventing Overdiagnosis 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 themes for discussion in separate bookable sessions :


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

Hosted by Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS) 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.


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