Mortality reduced through annual health checks

The study follows a 2012 Cochrane review and a paper published in the BMJ, both of which concluded that general health checks failed to reduce mortality in adults and called into question the validity of carrying out such checks in the UK.

But researchers from the University of Adelaide’s School of Population Health said previous studies did not differentiate between health checks conducted in general practice settings and those undertaken in other settings, like pharmacies and the workplace.

The authors suggest their findings reflect the type of care GPs provide to their patients, which they described as “comprehensive and ongoing”.

"We found that there is no evidence to suggest that health checks outside of general practice… are doing what they're designed to – prevent disease and reduce mortality," said study lead and head of general practice, Professor Nigel Stocks.

"However, in our review,