You can read Ray’s latest BMJ column – inspired by Dave Egger’s classic novel “The Circle” here
The BMJ column explores the critically acclaimed novel’s take on the future of medicine – and our obsession with measuring everything.
From the February BMJ column: “Leaving aside concern about government or corporate misuse of data, our obsession with quantification—unmodified by uncertainty and by clear awareness of limitations—carries its own tyranny. Our faith in medical numbers, sometimes little more than fabricated fictions arbitrarily interpreted, demands a reality check.”
Following the success of the 2013 Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, held at Dartmouth College in the United States, the second Preventing Overdiagnosis conference will be held at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. You can read the 2013 conference statement, view videos of conference plenaries and see details of the 2014 conference, here
A new study published in the influential open access medical journal PLOS Medicine, has found that many of the experts who define diseases – and often widen those definitions – also work as paid consultants and speakers for drug companies which stand to benefit from their decisions. You can see the free full text of the study here
Ray’s latest column in the BMJ argues for greater citizen engagement in decisions about how to wind back the harms of too much medicine
A registration fee of $475 has just been announced for the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, taking place at Dartmouth College in the United States, September 10-12, this year. The conference is hosted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in partnership with BMJ, Consumer Reports and Bond University. Abstract submission is now open, until March 15, and registration will open soon. You can find more details here