The first major evaluation of four years work from the NHS Health Check service in England reports that among the 1.68 million people eligible, 214,295 attended between 2009-12; identifying 7,844 new cases of hypertension (38 cases identified per 1000 checks), 1,934 new cases of type 2 diabetes (9 cases identified per 1000 checks) and 807 new cases of chronic kidney disease (4 cases identified per 1000 checks).
“The NHS Health Check is the first nationwide programme in the world to tackle prevention of heart attacks and strokes by offering a free Check to eligible adults aged 40-74… [it] provides a personal review of the behavioural factors – such as smoking, inactivity, harmful drinking and obesity – that increase the risk of developing a heart attack or stroke, and offers professional advice and referral to lifestyle services to support behaviour change. It also helps to detect undiagnosed serious conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and chronic kidney disease”.
No mention is made of case-finding for dementia.
Early evidence of impact in new NHS Health Check study – Dr Matt Kearney. London: NHS England, January 14th 2016.
This relates to:
Robson, J. Dostal, I. [and] Sheikh, A. (2016). The NHS Health Check in England: an evaluation of the first 4 years. BMJ Open. January 2016. 6: 1, e008840.