Regular general health checkups may not save lives

The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, general health checkups may not save lives.

MedPage Today reports, “Patients who had regular general health checkups died of cardiovascular disease and cancer at virtually the same rate as those who did not have checkups.”

Investigators reported that “analysis of 16 clinical trials involving 183,000 patients yielded mortality risk ratios of 1.01 and 1.03 for people who had general checkups versus those who did not.”

The data also did not “show any effect of checkups on key secondary endpoints, including hospital admission, disability, physician visits, or absenteeism from work.”

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