Looking for references on patient harm from common tests and treatments

George Cembrowski George.Cembrowski at ALBERTAHEALTHSERVICES.CA
Tue Mar 22 14:48:17 UTC 2016

Hello David

Please check out the Preventing Overdiagnosis website:  http://www.preventingoverdiagnosis.net/.  There are lots of references.  And if you have time, attend the Barcelona meeting.  Medicalization, overtesting, overdiagnosis and overtreatment (all associated with huge costs, both to the patient and health system) are becoming modern society's new medical evils.

George Cembrowski, MD, PhD
Director, Medical Biochemistry
University of Alberta Hospital

From: David Gordon, M.D. [davidc.gordon at DUKE.EDU]
Sent: March 21, 2016 10:13 PM
Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Looking for references on patient harm from common tests and treatments


I have a resident interested in a developing a talk for us on harms associated with common diagnostics and therapeutics, like antibiotics, narcotics, and CT imaging. This can be independent of but can relate to errors in over-diagnosis.

Does anyone have any references they would recommend for creating such a talk? For any copyrighted material, I can just take the information and take care of obtaining the article.

Thank you,


David Gordon, MD
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director
Undergraduate Education Director
Division of Emergency Medicine
Duke University

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