General health checks are common elements of health care in some countries. These aim to detect disease and risk factors for disease with the purpose of reducing morbidity and mortality. Most of the commonly used screening tests offered in general health checks have been incompletely studied. Also, screening leads to increased use of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, which can be harmful as well as beneficial. It is, therefore, important to assess whether general health checks do more good than harm.
Journal review article
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012, Vol 10
Adult; Cardiovascular Diseases; Health Status Indicators; Humans; Mass Screening; Morbidity; Mortality; Neoplasms; Primary Prevention; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review