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PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e33694. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033694. Epub 2012 Mar 30.

Regular health checks: cross-sectional survey.

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Nordic Cochrane Centre, Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. c.gronhoj@gmail.com

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  • PLoS One. 2012;7(9). doi:10.1371/annotation/db021c13-fba1-4ad3-8711-9bf7c00fda6b.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether Danish providers of general health checks present a balanced account of possible benefits and harms on their websites and whether the health checks are evidence-based.

METHODS AND DESIGN:

Cross-sectional study. The search engines Google and Jubii (Danish) were in July and August 2009 used to identify 56 websites using Danish search terms for "health check" and "health examination". The content of the websites were evaluated using a checklist with 15 officially recommended information items. All tests offered through the websites were registered. The evidence for tests offered through at least 10% of the websites was identified in structured searches using PubMed and The Cochrane Library.

RESULTS:

We found 36 different tests on 56 websites offering health checks. Twenty one tests were offered on at least 10% of the websites. Seventeen (81%) of these tests were unsupported by evidence, or there was evidence against them for screening purposes. We found evidence supporting screening using body-mass-index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and faecal occult blood testing. None of the websites mentioned possible risks or harms. The websites presented a median of 1 of the 15 information items; the highest number from any provider was 2.

CONCLUSIONS:

Information from Danish providers of health checks was sparse and tests were often offered against existing evidence or despite lack of evidence. None of the included websites mentioned potential risks or harms.

PMID:
22479429
PMCID:
PMC3316492
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0033694
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