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The NHS Health Check in England: an evaluation of the first 4 years
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    Re: Health Checks

    We thank Professors Holland, Bewley and Capewell for their comments (2/2/2016) on our paper.(1) They consider that it is "...unfortunate that the study relies on routine general practice data collected by an electronic database. Although supposedly validated, there is no evidence of any check on the variability of recording by different practitioners or the validity of the Read codes used."

    From William Farr t...

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    Calculation error or deliberate omission?

    I read this article with great interest, as it has the potential of shaping the future political and policy contour of the NHS Health Checks programme in the UK. However, I wish to point out that there has been a calculation error, or the lack of explanation on the omission thereof in Figure 1, which shows a flowchart depicting inclusion and exclusion of people eligible for an NHS Health Check and attendance.

    T...

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    Health Checks
    • Walter W Holland, Emeritus Professor of Public Health Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • Susan Bewley, Professor of Complex Obstetrics, Kings College, London; Simon Capewell, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Liverpool

    Robson at al's recent article describes a large project with great ambitions. It provides a classical example of how political intentions can waste a vast amount of resource whilst avoiding feasible methods of assessment of effectiveness. This is reinforced by the accompanying press release, which claimed the saving of 2500 lives.

    The "evaluation" of the first 4 years gives no assessment of the value (or benefit)...

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    National evaluation of NHS Health Check published previously

    Dear M Soljak and C Millett,

    You are quite correct and your paper (1) was indeed published before ours - the error occurred because we submitted our paper in May 2015 with some delay before publication this year in January 2016. I apologise for not altering the text in the light of your publication in June 2015.

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    1) Chang KC-M, Soljak M, Lee JT, Woringer M, Johnston D, Khunti K, Majeed...

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    National evaluation of NHS Health Check published previously
    • Michael Soljak, Senior Clinical Research Fellow
    • Other Contributors:
      • Azeem Majeed, Chris Millett

    In the Strengths and Limitations section of their paper Robson et al state that (their paper) "is the first national study describing implementation of the new National Health Service (NHS) Health Check programme 2009-2012". This is incorrect, we published a similar paper in Preventive Medicine in June 2015.[1]

    1.Chang KC-M, Soljak M, Lee JT, Woringer M, Johnston D, Khunti K, Majeed A, Millett C. Coverage of a...

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