Health Maintenance Evaluation - Replacing the "Annual Physical"
One of the most important changes in our recommendations relates to the "annual physical." A top-to-toe physical examination for someone without symptoms has never been proven to extend life or decrease illness or discomfort.
A "health maintenance evaluation" includes:
- Identifying risk factors in one's personal and family health history
- Performing a focused exam, as appropriate
- Obtaining needed screening tests at the right intervals
- Encouraging people to choose healthy lifestyles to maximize their health
We encourage our patients to ask questions and take a partnership approach with their providers to maximize their health and obtain the preventive screening tests that really matter.
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