Over 40s’ health check offers only modest health benefits, study findsBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2504 (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2504
- Ingrid Torjesen
The NHS Health Check, the risk assessment offered every five years to patients aged 40-74 in England who have no known vascular disease, provides only marginal health benefits, a study funded by the Department of Health has found.1
The department commissioned researchers at Imperial College London to examine the electronic medical records of a random sample of 138 788 patients aged 40-74 registered with 462 English general practices from 2009 to 2013. Changes in outcomes of patients who attended a health check were compared with those who did not, over a median follow-up of two years.