Project 6: Theoretical and conceptual development

Work by Stacy Carter, in collaboration with Chris Degeling, Alex Barratt and Jenny Doust (Bond University)

Stacy is leading a collaborative project which underpins the work of the team as a whole. This theoretical research is asking exactly what overdiagnosis is, who is obligated to respond to it, and on what grounds.

The literature contains several informal definitions of overdiagnosis. In practice people use the term ‘overdiagnosis’ to mean different things and the literature on overdiagnosis tends to assume that overdiagnosis is always ethically unjustified.  As part of this project we have published on the definition of overdiagnosis, distinguishing between different types of overdiagnosis that may be more or less ethically justifiable:

Carter SM, Rogers W, Heath I, Degeling C, Doust J, Barratt A. The challenge of overdiagnosis begins with its definitionBMJ. 2015;350:h869.

More information about Stacy here.