General Practitioners' perceptions of private health screening: too much paper, anxiety and reassurance

Paynton, D, Dunleavey, J and Smith, H (1998) General Practitioners' perceptions of private health screening: too much paper, anxiety and reassurance. British Journal of General Practice, 48 (431). pp. 1327-1328. ISSN 0960-1643

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Abstract

There is no evidence to support the practice of screening consultations that include general physical examinations and batteries of tests; however, many patients may choose, or be sent by their employers, to have private full health screening (FHS). General practitioners (GPs) are routinely sent the results of these screening examinations and are expected to deal with any subsequent care required. GPs recognize some positive aspects of FHS, but in our survey there was a groundswell of dislike for these examinations because of uncertainty about patient benefit (raised anxiety or false assurance) and a potential to irritate the GP. The implications for workload were minimal but resented. GPs would welcome a precise summary of significant findings and for the screening doctor to take greater responsibility for follow-up.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Depositing User: Jane Harle
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 12:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1972
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