Global Health Lab - Is global health becoming over-medicalized?

Cavan, David; Yudkin, John S.; Rutter, H; Global Health Lab; (2016) Global Health Lab - Is global health becoming over-medicalized? [Video]

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Speaker(s): John S. Yudkin, Petra Wilson and Harry Rutter Chair(s): Martin McKee and Richard Horton The global rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has brought the fundamental debates around prevention versus treatment to the fore and there are concerns about 'diagnosis creep' in conditions such as diabetes and hypertension where the boundaries between 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' have shifted. What are the relative risks and benefits of moving the goalposts in this way? Does this over-medicalize NCDs to the neglect of prevention? Is there a risk of the complex challenges posed by NCDs being over-simplified? In this Global Health Lab we pose these questions to find out whether global health is becoming over-medicalised.

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