Annual Physical vs Periodic Health Exams
The old 'Annual Physical' was a visit when the doctor could review your file to ensure that all routine tests were up to date and was a time for a complete 'head-to-toe'. Research has shown that this type of exam does not provide any benefit.
Due to the evolution of Electronic Medical Records in the office, we are now 'alerted' when important tests are overdue.
The purpose of the periodic health examination is to evaluate health status, screen for risk factors and disease, and provide preventive counseling interventions in an age-appropriate manner. The goal of screening and evaluation is to prevent the onset of disease or the worsening of an existing disease.