Annual adult health screening: barriers, challenges and effectiveness


  • Abrar A. Al Yamani Obhur Primary Health Care Center, King Abdullah Medical Complex, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Fahad A. Mahnshi Primary Healthcare, Medical Administration at Presidency of State Security, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdullah A. Alkhalifah King Abdulaziz Primary Healthcare Center, Ministry of Health, Alrass, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdullah M. Alsawadi Multi Organ Transplant Center, Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Bader O. Alnefaie Taif Primary Healthcare Center, Ministry of Health, Taif, Saudi Arabia
  • Hussam S. Alzahrani Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mutasem S. Kutbi Transformation Management, Directorate of Health Affairs, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Amro A. Bukhari Primary Health Care, Health Center in the Great Holy Mosque of Mecca, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Turki M. AlQattan College of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi
  • Majid T. Tounsi College of Medicine, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi
  • Rayan A. Alharbi Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health, Mecca, Saudi Arabia



Screening, Healthcare, Prevention, Diagnosis, Early detection, Efficacy, Barriers


Although it has been well-established that screening for early detection and intervention practices has been associated with favorable outcomes, there have been many concerns about the potential of these approaches to cause harm to the patients. In addition, evidence also shows some associated barriers and challenges to these approaches that need to be considered by healthcare authorities when planning for such approaches. The present literature review discusses annual adult health screening programs' effectiveness, barriers, and challenges. There is no doubt that these screening programs can help identify undiagnosed disorders among many patients with various conditions, like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and different cancers. Moreover, the effectiveness of these screening programs can be best highlighted by the premarital screening program in Saudi Arabia, which targets high-risk couples for developing certain conditions and infections. However, it should be noted that there are many barriers and challenges to conducting health screening campaigns, like cultural and economic factors. Other challenges might also include the rates of false-positive tests, overdiagnosis, and knowledge about the screening programs.


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How to Cite

Al Yamani, A. A., Mahnshi, F. A., Alkhalifah, A. A., Alsawadi, A. M., Alnefaie, B. O., Alzahrani, H. S., Kutbi, M. S., Bukhari, A. A., AlQattan, T. M., Tounsi, M. T., & Alharbi, R. A. (2021). Annual adult health screening: barriers, challenges and effectiveness. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 9(1), 518–522.



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