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‘Renaming harmless cancers makes sense’

A reader recently asked me to explain what’s meant by ­overdiagnosis. I wasn’t ­surprised because it (and overtreatment) is the buzz word of the moment in medical circles. For the avoidance of doubt here’s the definition of overdiagnosis. It’s the ­diagnosis of a condition that, if ­unrecognised, wouldn’t cause symptoms or harm a patient. The […]

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Community health workers could help tackle NHS workload crisis

The growing workload crisis in NHS primary care could be helped by the systematic integration of community health workers at scale, a study shows. Published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the modelling study was led by researchers at Imperial College London. Using a model introduced in Brazil’s Family Health Strategy, they […]