Published: 17 August 2021
Author(s): Marianne Lea, Bjørn Morten Hofmann
Section: Original article

The vast progress in science and technology has greatly increased the number of diseases. Today, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) consists of approximately 55,000 unique codes for diseases. Together with extensive progress in treatments and increased life expectancy, more people have diseases and receive treatment for a longer time. More sensitive and predictive tests detect diseases earlier, sometimes too early, resulting in overdiagnosis and overtreatment.[5,6] Additionally, more behaviours, experiences, and social issues are given diagnoses.

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