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The Personal Health Check was designed by &niped in combination with the Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap (NHG), the Landelijke Huisartsen Vereniging (LHV), GGD GHOR Nederland, the Hartstichting, Nierstichting, Longfonds en Diabetesfonds
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The Personal Health Check does not give you a diagnosis. It only gives a personal risk profile which could give an indication that further steps may need to be taken. This could lead to the risk for a certain disease to be lowered or for you to be able to catch a disease in its early stages. The risk profile can show if you have a stronger chance (orange) or a very strong chance (red) of getting a disease. The given advice will help you lower the risk and make you healthy (green). The Personal Health Check only looks at the risks of getting certain diseases which, if caught on time, can be treated.
A test for intestinal cancer is not included in the Personal Health Check since 2015. You can participate in the national survey for intestinal cancer. More information about the survey can be found here: https://www.rivm.nl/Onderwerpen/B/Bevolkingsonderzoek_darmkanker.
A prostate test is not included in the Personal Health Check because there is no conclusive scientific evidence that such a test is useful for men without any symptoms. Even if there are symptoms, it could not be reliable and it is not sure if treatment will help. Prostate cancer develops at such a slow pace that most men are never troubled by it.
As an alternative, NIPED offers the Prostate check. This will show what the chances are of you developing prostate cancer. Men with a high score can discuss with their general practitioner if they want to do any further tests, however, only if they have any symptoms. You can use the prostate check free of charge even if you do not participate in the Personal Health Check.
In our opinion, taking the Personal Health Check could still be useful. The Personal Health Check will take into consideration that you are being treated by a general practitioner. The fact that you are being treated for something, does not mean your entire body is being treated by the general practitioner. The Personal Health Check covers several common diseases which can be prevented if they discovered at an early stage. Participating in the Personal Health Check will give you more insight about your health.
Filling in the questionnaire takes about half an hour and the physical tests are easy to complete at home. You will receive those tests about five working days after you have completed the online questionnaire. Completing those tests will take about 15 minutes, including packing in the shipping equipment. Once the online questionnaire and the physical tests are done, you will receive your report within two weeks after you have sent the samples to the laboratory. You will receive an email once the report is ready.
This depends your manner of participation. If you participate privately, you can choose which modules you want to complete. You have a choice between:
- Online questionnaire (mandatory)
- Blood test: cholesterol and blood sugar
- Urine test
- Vitamin D (blood test)
- Blood pressure
- Mental Wellbeing
- Work capacity
If you receive an invitation from your boss/health insurer/municipality, it will depend on which modules you can use free of charge. If you have any questions about the modules, you can send an e-mail to the Servicedesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Personal Health Check is an accessible preventive check, which consists of an online questionnaire and extra tests that can be done at home. After completing the check, the participant will receive a Personal Healthreport where they can find a risk assessment with possible advice and ways to get improve your health. The aim is to either prevent or quickly recognise that you may have one of the following health risks:
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Kidney function
- Mental wellbeing
- Work capacity
The Personal Health Check is reimbursed by several health insurers, amongst others, and can be used as a PMR (Preventive Medical Research).