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over- +‎ diagnosis


overdiagnosis (uncountable)

  1. (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[1]:
      While failing to make a diagnosis can result in lawsuits, there are no corresponding penalties for overdiagnosis.
    • 2016 August, Wendy A. Rogers And Yishai Mintzker, “Getting clearer on overdiagnosis”, in Journal of evaluation in clinical practice[2]:
      Overdiagnosis refers to diagnosis that does not benefit patients because the diagnosed condition is not a harmful disease in those individuals.

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