The Washington Post reports that professionals reading lab test results don’t understand false positive arithmetic. As a result, your employees may be getting diagnosed and treated for conditions they don’t have. More screens lead to more findings. One vendor conducts 40 tests, informing 45% of employees they have “newly discovered conditions.”
Health Affairs reports an epidemic of overtreatment. Author Shannon Brownlee proposes that patients “need to start asking uncomfortable questions,” to determine if treatments are appropriate.
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