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TITLE Screening: between hope and hype   200805E.pdf (637.5 KB)
Document ID LIB588
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 01/04/2008
Document reference ISBN: 978-90-5549-722-5
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (637.5 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Mitra Javanmardi
Health Council of the Netherlands
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  • Health


Short description  In its report Screening: between hope and hype, the Health Council of the Netherlands gives an overview of recent scientific and societal developments that drive the introduction and marketing of new forms of screening for disease or factors that can increase the risk of disease. The report discusses moral standards for responsible screening and addresses the role and responsibility of the government in this respect. This refers to both ensuring the provision of worthwhile screening and protecting the population against the hazards of unsound forms of screening. The report recommends a more proactive policy in these regards, including the development of a quality mark and central monitoring of all areas of screening.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  New forms of screening raise new issues
Screening (or population screening) involves the medical examination of individuals who exhibit no health problems with the aim of detecting disease, or an hereditary predisposition to disease, or risk factors that can increase the risk of disease. The government has great expectations of screening, as do caregivers, private individuals, and other groups wi ...

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