- (medicine) To diagnose something too frequently, or based on insufficient evidence, or without benefit to the patient.
2007 January 2, H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz And Steven Woloshin, “What’s Making Us Sick Is an Epidemic of Diagnoses”, in New York Times:
- While failing to make a diagnosis can result in lawsuits, there are no corresponding penalties for overdiagnosis.
2017 August 23, Wendy A. Rogers And Yishai Mintzker, “Getting clearer on overdiagnosis”, in Journal of evaluation in clinical practice:
- Overdiagnosis refers to diagnosis that does not benefit patients because the diagnosed condition is not a harmful disease in those individuals.