Is the jury in for routine health checks?

ARE routine health checks worth the effort for our middle-aged patients? The question has been increasingly asked ever since GPs’ workload shifted substantially to chronic disease prevention.

Health checks are more useful in high-risk populations; hence their importance in the elderly, and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at any age. But it is fair to say that the jury is still out for 40 to 50-year-olds.

This large, statistically complex,