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When the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery asked us to evaluate the effectiveness of the Navy’s Physical Activity Risk Factor Questionnaire (PARFQ), we had no idea what we would find.
However, as the credible, relevant, and respected leader in health analytics, we seized the opportunity to explore the issue.The questionnaire contained 13 questions.
Answering yes to any of them, including one about being older than age 50, required a doctor visit.
This triggered 220,000 potentially unnecessary medical visits and cost roughly $32 million per year; the cost included direct medical expenses, lost duty time, and referrals to more expensive civilian care.

Author: U.S.
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center


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