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Physical exam frequency

Definition

All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

  • Screen for diseases
  • Assess risk of future medical problems
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccinations
  • Maintain a relationship with a health care provider in case of an illness

For recommendations for men and women by age group, see:

Alternative Names

How often you need a physical exam; Health maintenance visit; Health screening; Checkup

References

Atkins D, Barton M. The periodic health examination. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 14.

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