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News and updates from our Overdiagnosis group.

  • 2017 Disease Definition Checklist

The 2017 disease definition checklist is now being applied in a number of ways and conditions.

A recent example was to assess the appropriateness of the ACC/AHA proposal for changing the definition of "hypertension".

An analysis based on the checklist was published in JAMA Internal Medicine

and concluded "The 2017 ACC/AHA guideline would classify 31 million additional people in the United States as having hypertension.

For most of these people, who are at low risk and not recommended for drug treatment (about 25 million), physicians should not label them as having hypertension.


Page last updated: Oct 01, 2020
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