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periodic health examination

A health screening examination performed on a scheduled or routine basis. The appropriate features of this examination depend on the patient's age, gender, and sometimes health history, family history, or employment status. Adult women should have periodic examinations that include Pap smears and mammography; professional pilots and truckers are screened periodically for visual impairment and hypertension. All adults over age 45 should be screened for diabetes mellitus. Patients with a personal history of cancer may be screened periodically for evidence of disease recurrence. For many patients, the periodic examination may include blood tests (e.g., to check levels of cholesterol and other lipids), immunological tests (e.g., health care workers are periodically screened for tuberculosis), or invasive examinations (e.g., sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to look for colon cancer). Synonym: annual exam; periodic medical examination See: mammography; Papanicolaou test; table under cancer
See also: examination
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In our location (Shiraz Medical School, Shiraz, Iran), the school's occupational health and safety officer instructed manual periodic health examinations and preventive screening for 330 non-academic staffs from the year 2009.
[5.] Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination. The periodic health examination.
The concept was that all patients should be systematically offered appropriate health maintenance, and that this could often be done during acute care visits or by periodic health examinations, which need not necessarily be annual or include a complete physical.[6] Several major groups, including the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination,[7,8] the United States Preventive Services Task Force,[9] and the American College of Physicians,[10] have subsequently published extensive reviews of the scientific evidence supporting specific preventive interventions and have endorsed the concept of selective longitudinal health maintenance.
[22.] Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination. Periodic Health Examination monograph.
The periodic health examination: comparison of recommendations and internists' performance.
If glaucoma screening is to become a routine part of the periodic health examination in the primary care setting, however, there is debate as to whether tonometry should be the screening tool used.
"The Periodic Health Examination translated into encounters with primary care for whatever reason...could prove to be the 'voie royal' to health." [10]
This approach was based on the earlier work of the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination. [1] The USPSTF released its final report, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, in 1989.

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