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Sriwijitralai W, Wiwanitkit V. Attending to health checkup programs by medical personnel: Observation in a medical center. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:296-7
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Sriwijitralai W, Wiwanitkit V. Attending to health checkup programs by medical personnel: Observation in a medical center. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Dec 5];9:296-7. Available from: https://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2016/9/4/296/184809
Health checkup is accepted as a good means for secondary prevention and it is promoted for public health. Annual health checkup is usually provided and has becomes an important national public health strategy. It is approved that universal coverage and free support can help increase an individuals’ likelihood of having an annual checkup. Nevertheless, this does not mean the checkup can completely cover the target population. The attending rate to the health checkup program is the important determinant for the success of the program. Here, the authors report the rate of attending to annual health checkup programs by medical personnel in a medical center in Thailand (the name is blinded due to privacy reasons). The program is freely provided as welfare to all personnel of the medical center. There are 140 personnel in the center. Of these 140 personnel, 19 personnel (14%) did not attend the program. For the 121 personnel (86%) who attended the program, 101 got both blood test and physical examination, and 20 got only blood test without physical examination. Based on this information, it can be seen that the rate of attending is not high and there are many missed cases. In fact, health status of medical personnel seems to be an important forgotten issue. In Thailand, the previous report by Krusun et al. showed that “metabolic derangements are the important problem for health care workers” and this can be detected early and managed by health checkups. The present report shows additional evidence that there are still many personnel who neglect the importance of checkups. If the medical personnel who have to take care of the health of the general people are not aware of the importance of their own checkup, how can we trust on the quality of care provided to the others?
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