Welcome to Preventing Overdiagnosis 2019

The December conference in Sydney, Australia will include a number of lively plenary debates about controversial and timely issues, involving high-profile players from across the healthcare landscape.

There will be parallel and panel sessions covering themes such as Genomics, Commercial Determinants of Health, and Overdiagnosis and the Media.


Registration Open


Early Bird Registration at £415 will stay open until July 31st 2019 unless sold out beforehand. Medical & Health Science Student rate and Patient/Charity Group rate will remain open until December 5th 2019. Please note there are limited numbers at this registration rate.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 2019 Sydney conference. You are welcome to submit an abstract relating to one of the conference themes, or about any topic related to overdiagnosis and its prevention. We accept abstracts for presentations, posters, seminars and workshops.

This year’s themes are:

· Commercial Drivers of Overdiagnosis / Commercial Determinants of Health
· Genomics / Precision Medicine / AI
· Overdiagnosis and the Media
· Addressing Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Musculoskeletal Conditions
· Screening and Overdiagnosis in the Asia Pacific Region


Presenter information can be found HERE

PODC 2019 has staggered deadlines for abstract submissions

The first submission deadline is February 28th. All abstracts in the system will be reviewed by up to three members of the scientific programme committee, and notification of the result of that review sent by email to the corresponding author before March 14th.

Submit by March 31st for a decision by April 15th.

Submit by April 30th for a decision by May15th.

Extended Deadline May 8th.


Watch this space and follow us on twitter @PreventingODx #PODC2019 for programme updates and other news.



A statement from several major health organisations



Copenhagen Statement


The international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference was held in Copenhagen in August 2018 with delegates from over 30 countries.

The following statement was adopted by the participants at the end of the conference:

This conference regrets the fact that the draft Astana Declaration on Primary Health Care 2018 (From Alma-Ata towards Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals) makes no reference to the public health and clinical  challenges of overdiagnosis and overtreatment.  These challenges include direct harms to patients and citizens, misallocation of resources, and, over the longer term, they threaten the sustainability of universal healthcare systems and so undermine global health.  Sustainable health systems must explicitly manage the twin problems of underuse and overuse.


Preventing Overdiagnosis 2018 Copenhagen August 20th – 22nd

Copenhagen has the honour of hosting Preventing Overdiagnosis 2018.

The 6th International Conference 20-22 August 2018 has been approved for reimbursement from the Fund for General Practice with the following fees:

Self-chosen continuing education: 2 days lost working profit of 2,600 kr. And 2 days tuition fee of 2,400 kr. And max. 1,500 kr. In transport costs.

Course activity number 2018-0597.  Refunds can be applied after August 22, 2018.

PLO is an organization that carries out the professional and financial interests of some 3400 GPs.


PODC2018 offers 18 hours of self-awarded CME credits.


Sign up for alerts at www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net to be kept informed of news and updates regarding the conference.

Date – August 20 to 22, 2018
Venue – Panum Building, Copenhagen

Registration Open – Day rates available – Reduced rates for students.

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“Squidgy” Guidelines: What are they and what can we do about them? (http://www.cebm.net/squidgy-guidelines-can/)

Ever try to catch a jellyfish? Or squeeze a squid in your hand? Or wrestle with an octopus?  You can’t deny that these squishy, and malleable invertebrates share one important characteristic:  They have no spine.

#PODC2016 has raised the bar for research

“The Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference held in Barcelona last month gathered over 400 participants from across the world. Many voices were heard since plurality was represented in the presence of patient representatives, health care professionals, researchers, and journalists among others.”

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Preventing overdiagnosis – from Barcelona to Seoul


Dr Ray Moynihan is Senior Research Fellow at Bond University and co-chair of the scientific committee for the international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference taking place in Barcelona in September 2016. In this blog post he invites you to Barcelona, and explores the growing interest within Cochrane in tackling the problem of too much medicine – being addressed in an increasing number of initiatives worldwide.


Who Draws the Line Between Health and Illness? A Look Ahead to the 2016 Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference – Jack O’Sullivan


Navjoyt Ladher: Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015—winding back the harms of too much medicine


“Don’t just do something, Stand there!”: Highlights from PODC 2015