TOO MUCH MEDICINE – MULTIDISCIPLINARY CHALLENGE CREATED SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE OVERDIAGNOSIS AND OVERTREATMENT

Medicine and health don’t always go hand in hand: Overdiagnosis poses a serious threat to human health, and medicine is both overused, misused and underused. Overtreatment burdens healthcare systems already battling with scarce resources, and it can even be harmful to individual patients. 

In honour of the Too Much Medicine International Medical Symposium 2018 in Helsinki, we at Helsinki Think Company and Too Much Medicine Symposium brought together students to ideate how to make people understand that more medicine is not always better for them in April 2018.

WHAT WAS IN IT FOR THE TEAMS?

Skills. By joining the challenge the participants experienced working in a multidisciplinary team to develop solutions with an aim to make real impact. They developed both coworking skills and substance knowledge, challenged their presentation skills, and most importantly, brought their academic knowledge into action. Expert mentors supported teams throughout the challenge.

Access to the Too Much Medicine Symposium. All teams who took part in the Too Much Medicine Challenge will have an access to the international Too Much Medicine Symposium 15.–17.8. in Helsinki as volunteers. In the Symposium teams will gain valuable volunteering experience in the exclusive world-class symposium, they’ll learn more about overdiagnosis and overtreatment and grow their network by meeting top scientists, speakers and other experts from all around the world. All teams will also get to share their solutions with the symposium community by writing a blog post on the Too Much Medicine Symposiums website.

RESULTS

We know that complex problems are solved most successfully with multidisciplinary expertise. This is the reason we matched participants with diverse backgrounds from many different study fields into five teams.

We were impressed by the solutions. The winning team Medicare’s solution was about launching a campaign to make the medication review service more widely known and used. According to the judges, their solution has real value and possibility to make an impact. Read more about their solution from Apteekkari-magazine (in Finnish): http://www.apteekkari.fi/uutiset/laakehoidon-arvioinnista-kertova-kampanja-toi-menestysta-opiskelijoille.html