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Health checks for middle aged may be waste of time, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4983 (Published 04 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4983
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The NHS Health Checks programme for middle aged people does not boost case finding of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions above an opportunistic approach, research published in the British Journal of General Practice has found.1

The Department of Health in England introduced NHS Health Checks in April 2009, and the NHS Choices website promotes the checks.2 Offered in general practice to people aged 40 to 74 years, they aim to identify patients with undiagnosed chronic diseases such …

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