Health checks: no convincing evidence in favour exists, argue academic GPsBMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5504 (Published 10 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5504
- Elisabeth Mahase
- The BMJ
NHS health checks are unlikely to be cost effective, can expose patients to unnecessary interventions, and risk overdiagnosis, concludes the UK Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.1
The review, carried out by two academic GPs from the University of Oxford, looked at existing evidence on general health checks, including a recent Cochrane review,2 which it said showed that such checks had no significant effect on mortality or cardiovascular outcomes.
In England the NHS Health Checks scheme …