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Over 40s’ health check offers only modest health benefits, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 04 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2504
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

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.

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