Good Health Blog

How recommendations change

- January 20, 2018

Here at we review the major health organisation recommendations and those of the specific groups (eg Diabetes foundation) and determine what is a practical guide that is specific to you. The scientific base to each recommendation is essential. Some screening tests are not reliable enough to be recommended – false positive results can lead to unnecessary procedures and anxiety. There needs to be a benefit to you as well as not too high a risk of a problem from false tests. It is one of the problems in medicine that if you do enough tests you will always find something wrong – but it may just be a statistal chance of being outside the norm, or simply irrelevant to what the test was done in the first place. One of the golden rules we follow is ‘Only do a screening test that you will act apon if positive’