Reasons why people do not attend NHS Health Checks: a systematic review and qualitative synthesis

British Journal of General Practice, Br J Gen Pract 2017; DOI: https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp17X693929 

Review of 9 qualitative studies reports people do not attend NHS Health Checks because of the lack of awareness, misunderstanding the purpose of the Health Check, aversion to preventive medicine, time constraints, and difficulties with access to general practices.

The findings particularly highlight the need for improved communication and publicity around the purpose of the NHS Health Check programme and the personal health benefits of risk factor detection.

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