The Austrian periodic health examination (PHE) was introduced in 1974 as a health insurance benefit and was redesigned for the last time in 2005. Therefore, the aim of this work was to revise the scientific basis of the PHE using the GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) approach. We updated the scientific evidence of examinations and consultations that are currently part of the PHE and searched and integrated new examinations. We assessed the expectations of the population towards the PHE in three focus groups. A panel of experts developed evidence-based recommendations for the revised PHE. They formulated 26 recommendations on 20 target diseases or risk factors. In comparison to the previous PHE, the panel added screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm, osteoporotic fracture risk, and chronic kidney disease to the recommendations, while screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria, screening for iron deficiency/pernicious anaemia, and risk identification of glaucoma should no longer be included.
Evidenzbasierte Empfehlungen zur Überarbeitung der österreichischen Vorsorgeuntersuchung
Sommer, I., Titscher, V., Teufer, B., Klerings, I., Nußbaumer-Streit, B., Szelag, M., Affengruber, L., Wagner, G., Glechner, A., Kien, C., Ebenberger, A., Schiller-Frühwirth, I., Dorner, T. E., Siebenhofer, A., Haditsch, B., Bachler, H., Siebert, U., & Gartlehner, G. (2019). Evidenzbasierte Empfehlungen zur Überarbeitung der österreichischen Vorsorgeuntersuchung. Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift, 169(13-14), 339-349. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10354-019-0699-6
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