Seminar on Overdiagnosis / Too Much Medicine.
Sri Lanka Medical Association 26th March 2019. 12 - 2 PM
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A doctors Touch -Abrahim Verghsee
Overdiagnosis occurs when a diagnosis is “correct” according to current professional standards but the diagnosis or associated treatment is unlikely to benefit the person and will not cause symptoms or death. More broadly overdiagnosis refers to the related problems of overmedicalisation and subsequent overtreatment, diagnosis creep, shifting thresholds, and disease mongering, all processes helping to reclassify healthy people with mild problems or at low risk as sick.Read more
"Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.
Amara's law: We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.
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