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

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

QUEBEC 2017 – 17th to 19th August 2017 Towards Responsible Global Solutions

Preventing Overdiagnosis is pleased to announce the 2017 international conference will be delivered in both French and English.
Hosted by the Quebec Medical Association (QMA) at the City Convention Centre this will be the first bi-lingual conference on Overuse and Too Much Medicine.
Simultaneous translation will be available for all main plenary sessions on the conference schedule.

Abstracts are being accepted in French and English and we will add a French speaking thread to run through the whole three day programme.
Registration is OPEN with reduced fees on offer for all medical & health science students and citizen-patient participants.
The 2017 conference programme will be a mix plenaries, debates, parallel sessions and posters showcasing some of the best research on Overuse and Too Much Medicine currently taking place across the globe.
We very much hope you are able to join us.

Please refer to more web pages for details on Quebec City, accommodation and travel.
Elevator Pitches
3 minute quick fire “elevator pitches” will take place on each day of the conference.  Elevator pitches can be accompanied by 1 slide.
Oral Presentations
Oral presentations are allocated 15 minutes (10 + 5) and will be categorised theme. Where time allows there will be a brief group discussion at the end of the completed session.
Poster Presentations
Posters will need to be on display across all three days of the conference with opportunities to present to the delegation during the conference.
Poster board space is 2m (200cm) tall by 1m (100cm) wide – the recommended size is A0 (33.1” x 46.8”). Format is portrait.
90 minutes generally be led by 2-4 people.  Aimed to encourage discussion on a certain topic after a 20 min introduction from the facilitator who also acts as a chair to keep the discussion focused on the original topic.
90 minutes generally be led by 2-4 people. Workshops should have set aims and outcomes for the attendees.


Venue and Accommodation Information


The growing problem of Overdiagnosis

Conference Program Outline Launched

More information here

DSM-V and problems of overdiagnosis

Dr Allen Frances’ (chair of DSM-4) blogs about DSM-V and problems of overdiagnosis:   to read more click here

Statistically funny

Hilda Bastian –  Commenting on the science of unbiased health research with cartoons –   To read more  click here


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”

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                 Credit: Cartoon from Hilda Bastian.