International Conference

International Conference of the Coordinamento WONCA Italia

Lecce (Italy) – 2017 September 28th-30th

Preventing over-medicalization by listening and sharing

Over-medicalization and Quaternary Prevention


Official languages are Italian – English. A simultaneous translation service is provided. Registration is free of charge and is required before 31st August. Coffee breaks and lunch are not included. Vouchers can be purchased on site.

Thursday 28th 9:00 – 18:00

Palazzo Turrisi, via Marco Basseo, 1

9,00 – 13,00 Exchange Workshop

14,30 – 18,00 Giotto Movement workshop: training young European family doctors. Overdiagnosis and overmedicalization: educational topics for trainee doctors.
(Chair Alessandro Mereu)

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Friday 29th 8:00 – 18:00

Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi, via Porta d’Europa

8,00 Registration

8,30 Opening ceremony

9,00 Overmedicalization: a challenge for today’s medicine. (Ernesto Mola-Silvana Melli)

Session 1: General framework

Chair: Gianmarco Surico, Ernesto Mola

9,30 Overdiagnosis and quaternary prevention. (Marc Jamouille)

10,00 Survey: Italian physicians’ perception of overmedicalization (Paolo Longoni)

10,30 Doing better with less (Annamaria Falasconi)

11,00 Coffee Break

Session 2: Experiences from the world

Chair: Gaetano Castrignanò, Paolo Longoni

11,30 International experiences (Giorgio Visentin)

12,00 Wonca Europe’s activity in order to face overmedicalization. Nordic Countries initiatives. (Anna Stavdal)

12,30 Reconciliation of drug therapy and deprescribing in polypharmacy patients: a family medicine doctors’ experience in the AAS5 “Friuli Occidentale”(Rosario Falanga)

13,00 Lunch

Session 3: From literature to practice

Chair: Silvana Leo, Norma Sartori

14,00 Communications from the literature about overmedicalization evidences: Thyroid Carcinoma (Mola), Prostatic cancer (Giulia Berloffa), Mammal cancer (Andrea Moser), Meniscectomy in no longer young patients (Fabrizio Quarta), Melanoma (Giuseppe Febbo)

Panel discussion with: Marc Jamouille, Anna Stavdal, Gaetano Castrignanò, Gianmarco Surico, Silvana Leo, Claudia Felici

16,00 Coffee Break

Session 4: Problem knowledge

Chair: Johann A.Sigurdsson, Patrizia Elli

16.30 Thresholds, sick people and disease mongering (Roberto Satolli)

17,00 The need for training and family medicine doctors’curriculum for quaternary prevention and over-medicalization. (by Giotto Movement)

18,00 End of sessions


Saturday 30th 9:00 – 13:30

Grand Hotel Tiziano e dei Congressi, via Porta d’Europa

Session 5: Over-medicalization in clinical practice

Chair: Claudia Felici, Andrea Moser

9,00 Quaternary prevention and narrative medicine (Patrizia Elli)

9,30 Triumph or sunset of medicine? The citizen’s voice through the “Simulated patient” method. (Fabrizio Valcanover, Norma Sartori)

11,00 Coffee Break

11,30 Imaging in asymptomatic people: a source of overdiagnosis. (Maria del Rosario Perez)

Session 6: WONCA Italia proposals

12,00 Wonca Italia’s proposals for a position about overmedicalization (Giorgio Visentin)

12,30 Panel discussion: Position paper on over-medicalization: a new standard for Wonca Europe and primary care? ( Marc Jamouille, Anna Stadval, Ernesto Mola, Maria del Rosario Perez, Alessandro Mereu, Silvana Melli, Johann August Sigurdsson). Chair: Roberto Satolli

13,30 Conference closing