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Commentary on: Krogsbøll LT, Jørgensen KJ, Gøtzsche PC. General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2019;1:CD009009. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009009.pub3.
Implications for practice and research
Current evidence does not support continuing trials of health checks in general population and could lead to unnecessary tests and treatments.
Future research should examine effects of structural public health interventions including effects of higher tax on cigarettes and alcohol on reducing disease.
General health check programmes screen asymptomatic groups with the aim of detecting disease or risk factors at an earlier stage to prevent future illness and improve health outcomes.1 2 General health screening, while providing benefits, is associated with disadvantages including false reassurance or over treatment.3 Criteria for establishing screening and evaluation of programmes are essential.3
This was an update of a previous systematic review of randomised …
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