Shannon Brownlee to present research agenda for medical overuse at Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference next week

BMJ article co-authored by Saini and Elshaug, also from the Lown Institute

August 28, 2015 (Boston, MA)—Shannon Brownlee, MSc, senior vice president at the Lown Institute and author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, will present a paper on medical overuse research, published this week in The BMJ, at the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference in Bethesda, MD.

The article, titled “Setting a Research Agenda for Medical Overuse,” is the result of a working group convened by the Lown Institute at the 2nd Annual Lown Conference, held in Boston in December 2013.

Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute and Adam Elshaug, MPH, PhD, a Lown fellow, were co-authors with Brownlee and seven others on the paper.

Medical overuse is increasingly recognized as affecting patient safety and satisfaction, as well as healthcare costs, but there remains significant gaps in knowledge about the scope, causes, and consequences of overuse. The authors conclude that standardizing terms such as overdiagnosis and overtreatment will help build awareness of the issue, which is estimated to represent some 30 percent of provided medical services in the United States. The authors advocate a research agenda that includes such items as developing public agencies to monitor overuse and harm to patients, and improving comprehension of overuse by review and guideline panels.

Together with Brownlee, co-authors Daniel Morgan, MD, MS, and Aaron Leppin, MD, will present Tuesday, September 1 from 1:30 to 3 pm at the Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference.

Brownlee is available for interviews by request.

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Margie Coloian, MSJ