FREE Webinar on Patient Safety: Over Diagnosis, Wednesday, April 12 10-11am (sponsored by the NNLM SCR)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region housed at the Gibson D. Lewis Library would like to invite you to join us for our next webinar session.

This monthly 1 hour series will focus upon topics of interest to clinicians, researchers, faculty, and information professionals.

Janet Miles, MD, Pathologist with Propath LLC and Laboratory Medical Director for John Peter Smith Health Network, will present Over Diagnosis: Why Too Many Lab Tests are Bad for Your Health at 10:00AM on Wednesday, April 12. Details on joining the meeting are available at the event link below. No registration is required, and the session is free to any interested parties.

Description: Over diagnosis is an emerging concern among health care providers since it leads to unnecessary and potentially harmful over treatment. Over diagnosis occurs when people receive treatment for a disease or condition that won?t cause them symptoms or any eventual harm. It often develops from the widespread use of screening laboratory tests and from changing the laboratory threshold for disease states. This presentation focuses on the appropriate use and interpretation of screening laboratory tests, and those tests which should be questioned as medically necessary.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define over diagnosis and discuss its causes.
2. Explain how over diagnosis can lead to patient harm.
3. Describe how routine laboratory testing can contribute to over diagnosis.
4. List common laboratory tests patients and doctors should question as medically necessary.