Profilaktyka 40 PLUS slowed down
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”Profilaktyka 40 PLUS” – the prophylactic testing programme for people aged over 40, launched by the Health Ministry on 1 July, has slowed down. After more than a month of its operation, only 343 of the 126,000 referrals have been completed. However, despite the first data on the implementation of the programme is not particularly satisfactory, the topic of prophylaxis still resonated in the public space, which can be considered positive.
Profilaktyka 40 PLUS is intended to cover approximately 20 million Poles over 40, however, so far, in more than a month since the launch, only 343 out of 126,000 referrals have been completed. In July, 9 days after the start of the programme, 80,000 Poles filled out the questionnaire, including 60,000 completely, while a month after, the number increased only by 50,000 copies. This indicates a major slowdown, considering that, in order to implement the Program, at least half of the eligible Poles, or 10 million, would have to register in the number of 54,000 entries daily by the end of the year. The figure now stands at the level of 3,700 entries daily, according to data by Polityka Zdrowotna.
The reasons for such slowdown may include the holiday season as well as lack of interested institutions, while those willing, according to media reports, from the beginning of August, do not have signed contracts for the implementation of research, despite being listed on the lists of implementers.
It is worth noting that the program is often found to be controversial and the community points out that it does not know what algorithms were used in the survey, which translates into conclusions about the patient’s health, perhaps too hasty. The program does not take into account many important diagnostic tests, including cytology and mammography, for which the reporting rate for women has been very low for years and the incidence of these diseases is rather high. Another issue is the lack of a path for the patient after receiving the test results – which in the case of showing a high risk of any disease, even on the basis of an algorithm, is unacceptable.
The programme is available in two variants – for men and women. The basic package includes laboratory blood tests (such as morphology, cholesterol, glucose), blood pressure measurement and calculation of body mass index (BMI).
To participate in the program, one must complete the questionnaire on the Internet Patient Account (IKP) or contact the consultant via the created helpline in order to conduct an interview. Completing the survey will allow generating a referral to the test package that corresponds to the patient’s gender and risk factors identified using the completed form.