Monthly Archives: July 2013

As in accreditation, so in medicine: overly sensitive testing leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment

Wiener et al. describe the harms that arise from overly sensitive diagnostic testing.  We have seen previously how inspection for compliance with ISO 17025 and 15189 are is an inappropriate screening methodology using a sampling method that is often over-sensitive. … Continue reading

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Educational “events” have only a small part in how doctors learn

The BMJ reports that Continuing Medical Education is devoid of evidence that it works.  Like accreditation.  Why, in recent years, has everything been build on items of faith for which there is no evidence?  Regimes like training records, CPD and revalidation … Continue reading

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The Many Not The Few

Below is a review by James Delingpole’s of Richard North’s The Many Not the Few: The Stolen History of the Battle of Britain  (The Spectator, 26 February 2011.) Consider the emboldened section – how did the distortions of WWII propaganda steep Britain in misguided … Continue reading

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Proficiency testing in the USA

CLIA legislation forces certain obligations on labs in the USA.  Unlike the EU, ISO 17025 / 15189 accreditation is not one of them.  Proficiency testing is: and so it should be. Testing labs with External Quality Assurance (EQA) samples rather than … Continue reading

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Religious and commercial coercion

Facebook is responding wrongly to misleading claims about unislamic pages.  Paul Murphy writes about it here: Over the last couple of weeks Facebook has clamped down heavily on various (around 40) counter-jihad and patriot pages. The administrators of these pages … Continue reading

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Winding back the harms of management accreditation?

The BMJ is campaigning against the harms of too much medicine.  Yes, too much medicine can do plenty of harm.  In the ensuing discussion one (slow) rapid response draws parallels with the harm caused by accrediting human behaviour.  We knew … Continue reading

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ChemistryDaily’s summary of ISO 9000 criticisms

The article cited below has vanished from its original URL but may be read at The Wayback Machine: ChemistryDaily summarises criticisms of ISO 9000 thus: Criticisms of ISO 9000 Criticisms of ISO 9000 generally concern inappropriate misapplication or extension … Continue reading

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