Medicalisation and Overdiagnosis: What Society Does to Medicine
SourceInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management, 5, 11, (2016), pp. 619-622
Article / Letter to editor
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International Journal of Health Policy and Management
SubjectRadboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
The concept of overdiagnosis is a dominant topic in medical literature and discussions. In research that targets overdiagnosis, medicalisation is often presented as the societal and individual burden of unnecessary medical expansion. In this way, the focus lies on the influence of medicine on society, neglecting the possible influence of society on medicine. In this perspective, we aim to provide a novel insight into the influence of society and the societal context on medicine, in particularly with regard to medicalisation and overdiagnosis.
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