The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has released a new policy brief on screening with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The policy brief was launched at the WHO European Conference on Screening in Copenhagen (11-12 February 2020) and supports the wider WHO European initiative to improve screening practice through the life-course. This publication is essential reading for anybody involved in decisions on screening or its provision, especially in view of the pressures that stem from technological advances that make it possible to screen for an ever increasing number of conditions.
The brief explains the core components of a screening programme, asks when screening should be done and examines the pressures to implement screening. Furthermore, where screening is inappropriate, it suggests possible ways to reduce it and where screening is appropriate, evidence is presented on how to achieve optimal results.
The text is available in English, French, German and Russian.