Health check-ups in general practice: a patient perspective

Health Bull (Edinb). 1996 May;54(3):241-7.


One of the strategies identified by the NHS to achieve improvements in the health status of the Scottish population is to implement health promotion programmes through the general medical practitioner service. Grampian Local Health Council undertook a survey of Grampian residents to identify factors which might encourage greater public participation in such programmes. The results which are analysed and discussed in this paper show that factors identified by the public include: a preference for doctors to carry out health checks; the need for public education on the roles of different health professionals; the need for information on health checks and their benefits to be supplied in advance; a choice of appointment times and the offer of a follow-up appointment to discuss test results. These results are of interest to health professionals as they are likely to contribute to higher levels of patient involvement in health promotion programmes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Appointments and Schedules
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Scotland