Published: 4 January 2023
Author(s): Omar Kherad, Antonio Vaz Carneiro, On behalf of Choosing wisely working group of the European Federation of Internal Medicine
Issue: March 2023
Section: Ideas and Opinions

In high-income countries, regular general health check-ups are part of the fabric of the health care systems. The hidden concept of general health check-ups, promoted for more than a century, is to identify diseases at a stage at which early intervention can be effective. However, there has been little evidence to support the benefits of such checkups. Choosing wisely (CW) campaigns may represent a tremendous opportunity to eventually shift patients and physicians away from the non–evidence based yet firmly entrenched practice of the general health check-up.


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