Over Diagnosis in Medicine


November 8, 2023    
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

In Medicine, doing tests that are unlikely to help is dangerous enough when the tests find a problem that isn’t really there or fail to find one that is, but an even greater danger is finding a disease that really is there but would have been best ignored.

Dr. Jerry Hoffman, Emeritus professor of medicine at UCLA has spent his career educating physicians and others on how to thoughtfully analyze medical research studies to help us determine what tests and treatments actually benefits patients, and which may cause some degree of harm. Dr. Hoffman will explain why in large areas of medicine, less is more and why much of the advice you hear about screening and prevention is far more likely to harm you than help you. He will also explain how “advanced technology” can make this problem even worse.