Most patients are at below-average risk

April 14, 2015 8:17 PM

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(Reuters Health) - - Invoking the children of fictional Lake Wobegon, who are all – impossibly – above average, a pair of researchers reminds us that most patients have below-average odds of getting most illnesses and of benefiting from most treatments.

That's the argument laid out by Andrew Vickers and Dr. David Kent in the Annals of Internal Medicine in an essay cautioning against doing too much screening for disease and treating too many people unnecessarily based on the results.

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