AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 2013, Vol.113(3), pp.67-67
A recent Cochrane systematic review examined whether general health checks in adults have a positive effect on morbidity or mortality. The review included 14 randomized trials with follow-up periods ranging from one to 22 years; nine provided mortality data. A health check was defined as a health care visit at which tests were conducted to screen for more than one disease or risk factor in more than one organ system; the check could occur once or multiple times. The nine studies documenting mortality reported 11,940 deaths among 155,899 people. The data suggested that general health checks had no effect on mortality. Similarly, no effect was noted when specific causes of death, such as cancer or cardiovascular disease, were analyzed. Events related to morbidity, such as heart disease, were rarely reported; the data showed that health checks didn't improve morbidity, either. Adapted from the source document.
Morbidity-Mortality ; Health Checks ; Death ; Biological Organs ; Heart Diseases ; Health Care ; Article;
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