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Dr Linda Patterson: 'The issue is whether we are doing more harm than good'

Dr Linda Patterson on why she believes GPs may be overdiagnosing and over-treating their older patients.

Dr Patterson was speaking with Caroline Price at the Pulse Live conference in London.

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  • Please this is all rather patronising isn't it? Difficult to have a meaningful discussion about risk when there is limited data available and the older patients in general will default to our perceived better judgement most of the time. I would hope most of us are interested in function and quality of life above unnecessary medicalisation. Let's give GPs a little more credit please.

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  • What naive nonsense. Again the drive towards self management is based on such poor quality evidence and only works for a small self selective group.

    Whenever people talk about saving overall time ( or money), I do wonder about the speakers credibility. It is almost impossible to demonstrate real time savings because there aren't any!

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  • The National Service Framework for Older People was an excellent mechanism and tool for addressing key aspects of older people;s health and developed a seamless approach. Not sure why it is not being used! My perception is that Gov policies go and come , the ones that have proven to make a difference are shelved. NSF for Older people ensured that there was an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to improving the quality of life of older people.

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