'Diagnosis creep' is the next big problem

DOCTORS may be endorsing Choosing Wisely lists of unwarranted tests and treatments but one commentator sees expanding disease definitions as the next big challenge.

Dubbing it “diagnosis creep”, academic Dr Ray Moynihan (PhD), from Bond University, lists gestational diabetes and chronic kidney disease among the conditions whose definitions might put people at risk of overtreatment.

In an editorial in the latest issue of Australian Prescriber, Dr Moynihan suggests doctors  may want to simply ignore the raft of new guidelines underpinning