JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis
Clinician's Corner
June 19, 2013

General Health Checks in Adults for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality From Disease

Author Affiliations

JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis Section Editor: Mary McGrae McDermott, MD, Contributing Editor. We encourage authors to submit papers for consideration as a JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis. Please contact Dr McDermott at mdm608@northwestern.edu

Author Affiliations: Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark.

JAMA. 2013;309(23):2489-2490. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5039

Clinical Question What are the benefits and harms of general health checks for adult populations?

Bottom Line Compared with usual care, offers of health checks were not associated with lower rates of all-cause mortality, mortality from cardiovascular disease, or mortality from cancer. Health checks may be associated with more diagnoses and more drug treatment. Morbidity was infrequently reported, as were most harms, such as use of diagnostic procedures.