The Lown Institute will be hosting their annual conference this December, where all invitees will focus on the issues surrounding the overuse of medical services and address ways of reaching the right amount of care. The organizers hope to discuss how to better foster conversations between clinicians, patients, and civil society; what people envision for health care 25 years from now; the reasoning behind overuse; and the global epidemic of overuse. Attendees can expect to participate actively in many conversations surrounding issues and solutions to overuse in the healthcare industry.
In response to the success of the 2013 Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, another conference will be held in 2014 to address the issues surrounding overdiagnosis. Themes for the conference include prevalence of overdiagnosis, methods for researching the problem, policy interventions, and more. There will be many fantastic speakers and presenters at this conference, including one of the Foundation's founders and board members, Jack Wennberg. Other speakers include Linn Getz, Alex Barratt, Margaret McCartney, Sir John Burn, Iona Heath, Barry Kramer and Fiona Godlee. The conference partners include The Dartmouth Institute, Bond University, BMJ, Consumer Reports and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. Currently, early bird registration is open. They are accepting abstracts for the event until March 27th.
More information on the conference to come.
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This evening, PBS will air a special investigative report on the dangers of our current medical system. Money & Medicine takes us inside two world-renowned hospitals -- UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah -- and shares first-hand stories of unnecessary medical spending, as well as effective methods for improving the overall quality of care and reducing costs.
Money & Medicine captures the variations of care from birth to death and paints a powerful picture of our country’s medical crisis. The film also depicts effective strategies currently practiced at UCLA and Intermountain that reduce wasteful medical spending and improve health care quality. These strategies include improving coordination of care, implementing shared decision making and practicing evidence-based medicine.
The recent New England Journal of Medicine paper titled “Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence” look at thirty-two years of cancer statistics in the U.S. and comes to the startling conclusion that roughly 1.3 million women have been overdiagnosed with breast cancer. In our newest “Foundation Perspectives” video, Dr. Mary McNaughton-Collins, medical director at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and a primary care doctor, gives us her take on the importance of this study. She provides a brief overview of the authors’ findings, explains why the overdiagnosis of breast cancer is harmful and provides her view on how these findings will affect how she engages women in a shared decision making conversation about screening mammograms.
The overall purpose of this research is to contribute to improving communication with the community about screening mammography. The research involves developing and evaluating educational materials and strategies to meet the important ethical objective of providing balanced information about screening outcomes in order to support screening decisions.