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General Health Checks in Adults

Roger M. Cass, MD1
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1University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(17):1657-1658. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8216.
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In their review of general health checks, assessing the effectiveness of the overall checkup, Prochazka and Caverly1 note that while general health checks in adults lead to an increase in the diagnosis of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, multiple reviews have shown that general health checks fail to reduce cardiovascular, cancer, or total mortality and may result in overzealous use of screening tests, overdiagnosis, and possible harm to the patient.

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September 23, 2013
Tanner J. Caverly, MD; Allan V. Prochazka, MD, MSc
1Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
1Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora2Ambulatory Care, Denver VA Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(17):1658. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8194.
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