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2014 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference – early bird registration open, abstract submission open

The 2014 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference will be hosted by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford UK, September 15-17, 2014. Abstract submission and early bird registration are now open, with limited places available. Sign up below to receive updates about the conference.

Over 320 scientists, clinicians, policy makers and consumer advocates attended the 2013 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, hosted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, in partnership with one of the world’s most respected medical journals, the BMJ, the leading New-York based consumer organisation Consumer Reports, and Bond University.

We are excited to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers for the 2014 conference at Oxford:

Jack Wennberg – pioneer and leading researcher of unwarranted variation in the healthcare industry. Founder of the Dartmouth Institute of Health Care Policy and Research at Dartmouth Medical School, United States. Author of Tracking Medicine; a book which connects the problem of unwarranted variation to over- “and mis”-diagnosis.

Linn Getz – MD, Professor, Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.

Alex Barratt – Professor of Epidemiology, University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Australia.

Margaret McCartney – GP in Glasgow, Scotland,  and writer for a range of media, newspapers and journals including the British Medical Journal, and BBC Radio 4′s Inside Health. Author of The Patient Paradox – why sexed up medicine is bad for your health.

Sir John Burn – former head of the Institute of Human Genetics,  current Genetics Lead for the National Institute of Health Research and medical director of a new start-up planning to produce hand-held DNA testing devices.

Iona Heath – former president Royal College of General Practitioners, London, England.

Barry Kramer – National Cancer Institute, United States (Panel chair)

Fiona Godlee – Editor-in-chief BMJ (chair)

 

 

BBC Podcast

“Listen to a recent two-part BBC radio series on Overdiagnosis here”     http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/medmatters

Hello and Welcome!

Firstly, thank you all very much for signing up to receive information about the September 10-12, 2013 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference – and thanks to those who sent comments, references and suggestions via the website.In the month since the conference was announced in the BMJ, there has been a strong and overwhelmingly positive response to the idea, and interest in attending the conference from many parts of the world.The committee organizing the conference hopes to provide more information about the conference and the program, costs and possible concession rates, in the coming months – with a call for abstracts to be released by October, 2012.

The conference is scheduled to run for two-and-a-half days, starting in the afternoon of September 10, and finishing September 12, 2013. The conference will be hosted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, in partnership with BMJ, Consumer Reports and Bond University in Australia.

After more information becomes available, if you have more questions, suggestions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

 

                       

Credit: BMJ Cover, June 2, 2012
http://www.bmj.com/content/344/7859                 Credit: Cartoon from Hilda Bastian.

Welcome to Preventing Overdiagnosis

Hi and welcome to the Preventing Overdiagnosis website.

We are pleased to announce that the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference will take place on 10-12 September 2013 in the United States, hosted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in partnership with one of the world’s most respected medical journals, the BMJ, the leading New-York based consumer organisation Consumer Reports, and Bond University. A call for papers will be issued later in 2012.

 

If you are interested in attending or want to receive more information about the conference, please sign up for updates.