In this issue of JAMA, the JAMA Clinical Evidence Synopsis1 by Krogsbøll et al2 summarizes a systematic review of 9 randomized trials of a general health check. A general health check is defined as health care motivated by the need to assess general health and prevent future illness rather than to attend to symptoms. Screening tests are performed and counseling may occur during a general health check. The Cochrane systematic review3 on which this Clinical Evidence Synopsis is based concluded that a general health check was not associated with an increase or decrease in total mortality.
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