Health checks for the healthy . . . and other storiesBMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5308 (Published 05 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5308
Ten years ago, the NHS in England began to offer health checks for everyone aged 40-74. As is often true for these sorts of population wide interventions, the people most likely to take it up are those who need it least. A general practice database study of 130 000 people who went for a health check found that their average values for body mass index and systolic blood pressure were lower than those of a control group who didn’t take up the offer, and that fewer of them smoked (PLoS Med doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002863).
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