Periodic health examination.

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Annual Physical Examination Practices by Province/Territory in Canada. CFPC; 2013.

Kaulback K. Periodic health examinations: a rapid review. Toronto, ON: Health Quality Ontario; 2012 Nov. 26 p.

Journal Articles

Lunsky Y, Balogh R, Sullivan WF, Jaakkimainen RL.
Periodic health examinations for adults with developmental disabilities: are we doing enough? Can Fam Physician. 2014 Feb;60(2):109–10. Full text PDF

Ponka D.
The periodic health examination in adults. CMAJ. 2014 Nov 4;186(16):1245. PubMed

Ports KA, Barnack-Tavlaris JL, Syme ML, et al.
Sexual health discussions with older adult patients during periodic health exams. J Sex Med. 2014 Apr;11(4):901–8. PubMed

Goodyear-Smith F.
Government’s plans for universal health checks for people aged 40-75. BMJ. 2013;347:f4788. PubMed

Kauffman RP, Griffin SJ, Lund JD, Tullar PE.
Current recommendations for cervical cancer screening: do they render the annual pelvic examination obsolete? Med Princ Pract. 2013;22(4):313–22. PubMed

Krogsbøll LT, Jørgensen KJ, Gøtzsche PC.
General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease. JAMA. 2013 Jun 19;309(23):2489–90. PubMed

Nguyen GT, Cronholm PF.
The annual pelvic examination: preventive time not well spent. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Jan 1;87(1):8–9. Full text PDF

Prochazka AV, Caverly T.
General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease: summary review of primary findings and conclusions. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Mar 11;173(5):371–2. PubMed

Dryden R, et al.
What do we know about who does and does not attend general health checks? Findings from a narrative scoping review. BMC Public Health. 2012;12:723.  PDF PubMed

Duerksen A, Dubey V, Iglar K.
Annual adult health checkup: update on the Preventive Care Checklist Form(©). Can Fam Physician. 2012 Jan;58(1):43–7.  Full Text  PDF

Henny J, et al.
Relationship between the achievement of successive periodic health examinations and the risk of dying. Appraisal of a prevention scheme. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012 Dec;66(12):1092–6.  PubMed

Hoghton M, Martin G, Chauhan U.
Annual health checks for people with intellectual disabilities. BMJ. 2012;345:e7589.  PubMed

Katz A, et al.
Delivery of preventive care: the national Canadian Family Physician Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention Survey. Can Fam Physician. 2012 Jan;58(1):e62-9. Full Text  PDF

Kermott CA, et al.
The diagnostic yield of the first episode of a periodic health evaluation: a descriptive epidemiology study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2012;12:137.  Full Text  PDF

Krogsbøll LT, et al.
General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2012 Nov 20;345:e7191. Full Text

Krogsbøll LT et al.
General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;10:CD009009.  PubMed

MacAuley D.
The value of conducting periodic health checks. BMJ. 2012;345:e7775. PubMed

Thompson S, Tonelli M.
General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012;11:ED000047. PubMed

Shires DA et al.
Prioritization of evidence-based preventive health services during periodic health examinations. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Feb;42(2):164–73. PubMed

Søndergaard A, Christensen B, Maindal HT.
Diversity and ambivalence in general practitioners’ attitudes towards preventive health checks - a qualitative study. BMC Fam Pract. 2012;13:53.  Full Text  PDF

Wilson RD, Langlois S.
Genetic considerations for a woman’s annual gynaecological examination. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2012 Mar;34(3):276–84.  PubMed

Bloomfield H, Wilt TJ.
Evidence brief: Role of the annual comprehensive physical examination in the asymptomatic adult. VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program. Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs (US); 2011.  Full Text  PDF

Howard-Tripp M.
Should we abandon the periodic health examination?: YES Can Fam Physician 2011 57: 158 -160. Full Text  PDF 
Rebuttal: Should we abandon the periodic health examination?: YES Can Fam Physician 2011 57: e42 . Full Text  PDF 

Hunt VL, Chaudhry R, Stroebel RJ, North F.
Does pre-ordering tests enhance the value of the periodic examination? Study Design - Process implementation with retrospective chart review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011;11:216. Full Text PDF

Kumar J, Chambers R, Mawby Y, Leese C, Iqbal Z, Picariello L, et al.
Delivering more with less? Making the NHS Health Check work in financially hard times: real time learning from Stoke-on-Trent. Qual Prim Care. 2011;19(3):193–9. PubMed

Mavriplis CA.
Should we abandon the periodic health examination?: NO Can Fam Physician 2011 57: 159 -161. Full Text  PDF  
Rebuttal: Should we abandon the periodic health examination?: NO  Can Fam Physician 2011 57: e43 . Full Text  PDF

Shenson D, et al.
Routine checkups don't ensure that seniors get preventive services. J Fam Pract. 2011 Jan;60(1):E1-E10. PubMed

Westhoff CL, Jones HE, Guiahi M.
Do new guidelines and technology make the routine pelvic examination obsolete? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Jan;20(1):5-10. Epub 2010 Dec 31. PubMed

Cole J, Radnor Z.
How healthy is the annual health check? Int J Health Care Qual Assur. 2010;23(6):537-53. PubMed

Chauhan U, et al.
Health checks in primary care for adults with intellectual disabilities: how extensive should theybe? J Intellect Disabil Res. 2010 Jun;54(6):479-86. PubMed

McGrath A.
Annual health checks for people with learning disabilities. Nurs Stand. 2010 Aug 18-24;24(50):35-40. Review. PubMed

Smith KD, et al.
Improving the rate and quality of medicaid well child care exams in primary care practices. J Okla State Med Assoc. 2010 Jul;103(7):248-53. PubMed

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Gynecologic Practice.
ACOG Committee Opinion No. 452: Primary and preventive care: periodic assessments. Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Dec;114(6):1444-51. PubMed

Amoroso C et al.  The 45 year old health check: Feasibility and impact on practices and patient behaviour.
Australian Family Physician 2009;38(5):358-362. PubMed  

Sack GH. Comprehensive outpatient health assessment: A case-finding tool in 500 consecutive asymptomatic individuals.
Medicine (Baltimore) 2009;88(5):268-278. PubMed

Chan A, Amoroso C, Harris M.
New 45-49 year health checks - GP uptake of MBS item 717. Aust Fam Physician. 2008 Sep;37(9):765, 767-8. PubMed PMID: 18797535. PubMed  PDF

Iglar K, et al.
Complete health checkup for adults: Update on the Preventive Care Checklist Form. Can Fam Physician. 2008 Jan;54(1):84-8. Review. Erratum in: 2008 Mar;54(3):351.  PubMed  PDF

Boulware LE, Marinopoulos S, Phillips KA, Hwang CW, Maynor K, Merenstein D, et al.
Systematic review: the value of the periodic health evaluation.
Ann Intern Med 2007 Feb; 20;146(4):289-300. PDF

Chacko KM, Anderson RJ.
The annual physical examination: important or time to abandon?
Am J Med 2007 Jul;120(7):581-3. PubMed

Chacko KM, Feinberg LE.
Laboratory screening at preventive health exams: Trend of testing, 1978-2004. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Jan;32(1):59-62PubMed

Cherrington A, Corbie-Smith G, Pathman DE.
Do adults who believe in periodic health examinations receive more clinical preventive services?
Prev Med 2007 Jun 2; Epub ahead of print.  PubMed

Fenton JJ, Cai Y, Weiss NS, Elmore JG, Pardee RE, Reid RJ, et al.
Delivery of cancer screening: how important is the preventive health examination?
Arch Intern Med 2007 Mar 26;167(6):580-5.  PubMed PDF

Fletcher RH.
Review: periodic health examination increases delivery of some clinical preventive services and reduces patient worry.
ACP J Club 2007 Jul;147(1):6. PubMed

Knutson D, Steiner E.
Screening for breast cancer: current recommendations and future directions.
Am Fam Physician. 2007 Jun 1;75(11):1660-6. Review. PDF

Mehrotra A, Zaslavsky AM, Ayanian JZ
Preventive health examinations and preventive gynecological examinations in the United States. 
Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(17):1876-83.  PubMed PDF

Rutecki GW.
The annual physical exam: Time to discard or, better yet, adapt it? Consultant. 2007;47(10):867.

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