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Overdiagnosis: what it is and what it isn’t
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    Response to Brodersen et al’s ’Overdiagnosis: what it is and what it isn’t'
    • Wendy A Rogers, Professor of Clinical Ethics Macquarie University
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yishai Mintzker, Clinical Academic

    In their editorial, Brodersen et al. present two types of overdiagnosis. Their two types appear to be identical to two types of overdiagnosis we identified in research published in 2016 (Rogers WA and Mintzker Y. Getting clearer on overdiagnosis. J Eval Clin Prac 2016;22: 580-587). In that paper, we provide a detailed account of maldetection overdiagnosis and misclassification overdiagnosis, together with an analysis of the relevance of these two different types.
    This matter, including our request for a correction, is fully explained in our letter published in this journal: Response to Brodersen et al’s ’Overdiagnosis: what it is and what it isn’t' (http://ebm.bmj.com/content/early/2018/03/29/bmjebm-2018-110948).

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