April Physician Focus: Checkups and Screenings: What Do You Need?

The annual physical exam and other periodic screenings have for years been considered key elements to sound medical health, offering prevention against disease and illness. Yet recent studies have called into question the value of these exams, saying such testing has had no effect on reducing disease or death and in some cases causes harm.

The April episode of Physician Focus, Checkups and Screenings: What do you need?, offers an in-depth discussion of this issue with Michael Barry, M.D., president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in Boston and medical director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. Hosting the show is primary care physician Mavis Jaworski, M.D.

Among the topics of conversation are the pros and cons of medical tests and treatments, how to decide which ones to have, why patients should have a greater voice in their health care decisions, and the concept of shared decision-making – physicians and patients working together so that, in Dr. Barry’s words, “good medical decisions are made with the full participation of an informed patient.”

Physician Focus is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts and also available online at www.physicianfocus.org. and on iTunes at www.massmed.org/itunes.



    We can never say that the information provided by a test medical annual does not serve to improve the health of the people. The problem is in the use given to this information. Single information nothave effect on health, but the control of the detected abnormalities, I am convinced that if they have effect, because well control obesity, hypertension, diabetes, detected in time, lengthen life. I am sure.

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