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Title: A retrospective evaluation of the NHS Health Check Programme in a multi ethnic population
Authors: Carter, P.
Bodicoat, D. H.
Ashra, N. B.
Riley, D.
Joshi, N.
Farooqi, A.
Browne, I.
Davies, M. J.
Khunti, K.
First Published: 27-Aug-2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press for Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom, Faculty of Public Health
Citation: Journal of Public Health, 2015
Abstract: Background The NHS Health Check Programme was introduced in 2009 to improve primary prevention of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic kidney disease; however, there has been debate regarding the impact. We present a retrospective evaluation of Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group. Methods Data are reported on diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, high risk of type 2 diabetes and high risk of cardiovascular disease. Data on management following the Health Check is also reported. Results Over a five year period 53, 799 health checks were performed, 16, 388 (30%) people were diagnosed with at least one condition when diagnosis of being at high risk of cardiovascular disease was defined as ≥20% . This figure increased to 43% when diagnosis of high cardiovascular risk ≥10% was included. Of the 3,063 (5.7%) individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 54 % were prescribed metformin and 26% were referred for structured education. Of the 5,797 (10.8%) individuals diagnosed at high risk of cardiovascular disease (≥20%) 64% were prescribed statins. Conclusion A high proportion of new cases of people at risk of cardiovascular disease were identified by the NHS Health Check Programme. Data suggest that this has translated into appropriate preventative measures.
DOI Link: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv115
ISSN: 1741-3842
eISSN: 1741-3850
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record Journal of Public Health (2015) is available online at:
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