Letters General health checks

General health checks may work

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4697 (Published 30 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4697
  1. Torsten Lauritzen, professor1,
  2. Annelli Sandbaek, professor1,
  3. Knut Borch-Johnsen, chief operating officer2
  1. 1Department of Public Health, Section of General Practice, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  2. 2Holbæk Hospital, Holbæk, Denmark
  1. tl{at}ph.au.dk

We disagree with Gøtzsche and colleagues’ conclusion that general health checks don’t work,1 which is based on their Cochrane review and the recent Inter99 publication.2 The Cochrane review included older trials and thus tested outdated screening tests and treatments. A recent meta-analysis of general practice based health checks found small improvements in surrogate outcomes, especially in high risk patients.3 The Inter99 …

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