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151 Overdiagnosis and medical excess in the public eye
  1. Arnav Agarwal1,
  2. Keltie Hamilton2,
  3. Alan Cassels3,
  4. Renee Pellerin4
  1. 1McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  2. 2Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Toronto, Canada
  3. 3University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
  4. 4Canada


Proposed panelists Alan Cassels, Renee Pellerin; individuals with lived experience of overdiagnosis (ongoing process to identify individuals via patient advocacy group).

Moderators Arnav Agarwal, Keltie Hamilton.

Description This will be a public-facing panel associated with a formal viewing of the documentary film ‘Medicating Normal’. The panel event will focus on:

  1. Introduction of concepts related to overdiagnosis and related harm.

  2. Contextualizing the documentary film with a focus on profit-drive medicine, other drivers of overdiagnosis, and downstream consequences of medical excess.

  3. How individuals, systems and the media reporting may contribute to overdiagnosis and medical excess.

  4. Strategies to prevent overdiagnosis at individual and system levels.

  5. Challenges regarding evaluating and reporting of overdiagnosis in the media, and how to address them.

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