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Health hazard appraisal counseling--continuing evaluation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  425518     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A program of annual health examinations was expanded to include counseling based on a computerized appraisal of individual patients' specific health risk factors. Data obtained from a specially designed questionnaire, laboratory tests and a physical examination yielded a health hazard appraisal showing a number of weighted risk factors and their relation to ten leading causes of death as determined for that patient. From all of this information, a "risk age" was developed which could then be compared with the patient's "true age." The results were reviewed with each patient, and methods of correcting health hazards were stressed. The first annual retesting of a group of 107 examinees showed a net risk age reduction of 1.4 years (formerly reported in this journal). The longer term follow-up reported in this paper showed a net risk reduction of 2.38 years in a group of 26 examinees. The net risk age reduction in the two groups represented 32 and 40 percent, respectively, of the achievable risk age reduction when patients comply with suggestions made during risk reduction counseling. These findings indicate that health hazard appraisal counseling is an effective method of altering priorities of health practices.
J LaDou; J N Sherwood; L Hughes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Western journal of medicine     Volume:  130     ISSN:  0093-0415     ISO Abbreviation:  West. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1979 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-05-24     Completed Date:  1979-05-24     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410504     Medline TA:  West J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  280-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Physical Examination*
Preventive Health Services*
United States

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