WORTHING, England, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Life Line Screening has published the results of its private health screening survey.
Private health screening is becoming increasingly popular in the UK & Ireland. Whilst there are metrics on the benefits of screenings in detecting potentially life-threatening conditions early, and thereby preventing conditions such as Stroke and cardiovascular disease, Life Line Screening's report aims to provide more evidence relating to the effects of screenings on modifying behavioural change.
One area of debate about health screening is that certain types of health screening ( http://www.lifelinescreening.co.uk/health-screening-services/how-we-screen.aspx) can lead to "false reassurance". An individual who has a screening may gain the impression that they have a clean bill of health if no risk factors have been identified. As a result, they may choose to pay less attention to their health overall and lead a less healthy lifestyle than they would otherwise have done. This research aims to look further at this hypothesis and gauge a better understanding of the motivations of individuals who have health screenings, based on evidence rather than subjective judgements. It aims to understand the proportions of individuals who choose to improve their health as well as the number of people who choose not to.
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136 people who had Life Line Screening health screenings were surveyed in July 2010 by a researcher from Addenbrookes Hospital. They were invited to answers questions based on their perceptions on health and lifestyle changes as a result of having had a screening.
When asked "Did going for a screening make you think more about your health?" 77% of responders answered yes. Participants were then asked if they have made any positive changes to their lifestyle following their screening. 51% stated they had started eating more healthily, 45% stated they had started exercising more than before (and 18% of the total had tried a new exercise), 35% reported losing weight, 71% had focused on keeping weight at a healthy level, 60% were careful about alcohol consumption, 52% commented that they were controlling their stress levels, 30% reported they had read more health-focussed publications and 74% paid more attention to their overall health.
Only 7% of all responders commented that they had led less-healthy lifestyle following their screening.
The full report on the impact of health screening on lifestyle change (http://www.lifelinescreeningblog.co.uk/?p=137) is available on the Life Line Screening website in PDF format.
About Life Line Screening:
At Life Line Screening, its mission is to make people who may be showing no symptoms aware of unrecognised health problems and encourage them to seek follow-up care with their GP. It is a multi-national leading provider of community-based preventative professional health screening ( http://www.lifelinescreening.co.uk/Default.aspx) - serving the UK, Ireland and the United States.
Life Line Screening use advanced ultrasound equipment, the same as the equipment found in hospitals, and its screenings are performed by highly trained healthcare professionals.
Since Life Line Screening's inception in 1993, it has screened over 6 million people, and currently screen over 1 million people each year at over 20,000 screening events. Through this experience, Life Line Screening often identifies serious health issues and has helped save thousands of lives. It is dedicated to providing the highest quality preventive screenings at affordable rates.
The Life Line Screening website also features a number of Life Line Screening reviews and personal stories ( http://www.lifelinescreening.co.uk/about-us/personal-stories/default.aspx) from people who have had screenings in the past.
PR Contact: Peter Blencowe Life Line Screening UK Limited 3rd Floor Suite 8 31 Chatsworth Road Worthing West Sussex BN11 1LY +44(0)1903-223360
SOURCE Life Line Screening