What Is The Purpose Of A Health Assessment?
A health assessment is a collection of medical tests and examinations that are performed on a person. They can be requested by an employer to evaluate a person's fitness to do a job, or they can be ordered at a specific age group to give an indication of a person's state of health, and highlight any necessary interventions that need to be made.
In terms of workplace assessments, these can be requested before starting a new job, or if changes are made to your current job description.
The Importance Of Regular Health Assessments
It has been reported that 40% of deaths from cancer and 80% of death from type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke could be prevented by regular exercise, following a healthy diet and quitting smoking.
Not only do preventable diseases claim the lives of thousands of people every year, they are responsible for lost time and resources: both in terms of time off and in terms of the medical expenses incurred in treating them.
What Happens At A Health Assessment?
Specific screening tests will apply to you, depending on your age group. In addition to age-specific testing, you can expect:
Medical history updateYour medical practitioner will update your medical history and enquire about any new health issues you may be experiencing.
You will be weighed and measured, and your file will be updated with this information. Your blood pressure and heart rate will also be documented for your file and compared to previous measurements.
Your healthcare practitioner will ask you about any medication you are taking, and find out if you have been taking it as prescribed.
Your assessment will also include some health education, whereby your practitioner will give you feedback about your diet, weight and activity levels, highlighting areas for improvement.
Who Should Have A Health Assessment?Adults between the ages of 40 and 49 should have a diabetes type 2 risk assessment every three years. The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate chronic disease assessments, this includes your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Should the assessment indicate that you are at heightened risk of diabetes, your healthcare practitioner will refer for life program or give you lifestyle advice to improve your diet and exercise level.
Chronic disease assessmentsPersons with intellectual disabilities should be evaluated for health risks on an annual basis.
Adults aged 40 to 49 should also have a chronic disease assessment to evaluate your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
People who are over the age of 75 receive an annual health assessment by nurse when GP requests.
What is the purpose of the health assessment?
This assessment is conducted to establish whether there are any underlying health conditions that could be prevented or managed, to improve your quality of life and overall health.
Different Types Of Health AssessmentsBrief health assessment
Your practitioner will conduct an assessment, based on your particular needs. He or she may perform:
This is a simple health assessment that is usually concluded in half an hour or less.
Standard health assessmentLong health assessment
The standard assessment is a 45-minute session, and it is employed when you need more than a brief assessment, but you do not have any complex health issues that warrant a longer assessment.
If you present with complex health issues, your healthcare practitioner will order a long health assessment. This assessment is usually completed in an hour.
Prolonged health assessment
This is a complex assessment that is completed when you need a preventative healthcare plan. It usually exceeds 60 minutes in duration. Your healthcare provider will advise you how long to set aside for this consultation, based on the tests you need.