Eur J Epidemiol (2017) 32:533–534 DOI 10.1007/s10654-017-0260-0 CORRESPONDENCE 1,2 Bjørn Hofmann Received: 10 May 2017 / Accepted: 16 May 2017 / Published online: 22 May 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017 There is an intriguing international debate on overdiagnosis. avoid harmful health services and to improve the quality of Alongside with the vast and vivid disputes on the extension care. One reason why the philosophical debate has not yet of overdiagnosis in epidemiology, there are heated philo- provided epidemiology with viable solutions may be the sophical debates on how to deﬁne overdiagnosis. The latter complexity of the issue. In particular, it may be that we have debates try to clarify the concept of overdiagnosis so that not paid sufﬁcient attention to the different types of uncer- consensual estimates can be obtained , crucial factors tainty at play. In diagnostics the main question is whether the generating overdiagnosis can be identiﬁed, and ﬁnally, that test is accurate, i.e., whether the test result is correct.In appropriate measures to bar overdiagnosis can be found. overdiagnosis, on the other hand, the question is whether the Despite great progress in the philosophical debate, there (correct) test actually matters to the person. In medicaliza- is
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Published: May 22, 2017
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