Present data are not adequate evidence justifying annual complete examination of the asymptomatic patient at low medical risk. The American College of Physicians recommends that each internist develop individualized plans for patient examination. Such plans can be developed from the recommendations made in four published studies and summarized in graphic form.
Periodic Health Examination: A Guide for Designing Individualized Preventive Health Care in the Asymptomatic Patient. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:729–732. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-729
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(6):729-732.
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