Prof takes doctors to task for confusing absolute and relative risk

Classifying an individual as being at "high risk" of developing a particular condition or disease has become a disease in its own right, argues a Finnish orthopaedic and trauma expert.

Writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Professor Teppo Järvinen says the practice is turning the healthy into the sick, and doctors are as bad as patients at understanding what is meant by high risk and the anticipated benefit of any preventive treatment.