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NHS Health Checks have prevented 8,400 heart attacks and strokes, claims study

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Dear All, The headline and the report is misleading. The schemes in North London are not the NHS Health check scheme, they are modified forms of it. they are targeted and focused. The report refers to this but stops short of making the obvious conclusions. Secondly the read codes used to identify the cohorts are for a "vascular assessment" and "NHS Health Check completed". Neither of these are certain identifiers of a successful invitation under the scheme. The schemes in North London are financially enhanced and payments can be made for opportunistically completed checks, neither of these read codes identify with any confidence patients only attending having been invited under the scheme. Someone comes for a cough, whack on the BP cuff, print off the blood form, 2 weeks later run the QRISK and hey presto you can claim your fee. Its an opportunistic intervention interpreted by this study as a success for NHS Health Checks. At best the data presented represents an association of evidence. Finally the headline is incorrect, nothing has definitely been prevented, this is an extrapolation of potential benefit. It is far too simplistic to claim any particular action, cause or effect has occurred because a read code appears in a record. I also note the consistently optimistic reports that come from Queen Mary's compared with other sources. Regards Paul C

Posted date

20 Dec 2016

Posted time

2:22pm

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