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Letters Universal health checks

Universal health checks should be abandoned

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 04 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5227
  1. Lasse T Krogsbøll, researcher1,
  2. Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, senior researcher1,
  3. Peter C Gøtzsche, professor1
  1. 1Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Blegdamsvej 9, 2100 Ø, Denmark
  1. ltk{at}

Last autumn, a Cochrane review (also in the BMJ) on general health checks in adults found no benefit for morbidity and mortality from disease.1 2 NHS Diabetes and Kidney Care and the Department of Health published an eBulletin, “Response to the Cochrane review,” on the NHS Health Check programme’s website.3 It looks like serious criticism of our work, but it is …

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