Overuse of Diagnostic Tests in Canada: A Critical Perspective

  • Julia Borges Division of Community Health and Humanities and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada
  • Tiffany Lee Division of Community Health and Humanities and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada
  • Abdullah Saif Division of Community Health and Humanities and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada
  • Amit Sundly Division of Community Health and Humanities and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada
  • Fern Brunger Division of Community Health and Humanities and Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada
Keywords: risk, diagnostic tests, health professions, patient care, normality

Abstract

In this commentary we describe the interplay between 1) contemporary popular and professional understandings of “risk” and “normality” in health and healthcare, and 2) the promotion by state and market forces of individual self-regulation of health. We draw upon the work of critical theorists who have described the relationship between risk, fear, and the notion of “normal” in health discourse to argue that these factors act, primarily via the popular media, to shape the discourse on, and overuse of, diagnostic tests in Canada.

Published
2019-04-29
How to Cite
[1]
Borges J, Lee T, Saif A, Sundly A, Brunger F. Overuse of Diagnostic Tests in Canada: A Critical Perspective. Can. J. Bioeth. 2019;2:39-41. https://doi.org/10.7202/1060910ar.
Section
Critical commentaries