Access and Utilization of Selected Preventive Health Services Among Adolescents Aged 10–17

Black, L. I.,
Nugent, C. N.,
Vahratian, A.
Published: May, 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Adolescence is a critical period for health promotion, disease prevention, and the development of healthy habits. Thus, regular preventive health care visits during this period are recommended to promote health and quality of life. These authors use data from the National Health Interview Survey to describe recent trends and demographic differences in the percentages of adolescents with a usual place for preventive care, those who had a well-child checkup in the past 12 months, and those who had a dental visit in the past 12 months. Overall, the percentages of adolescents aged 10–17 without a usual place for preventive care or who did not receive a well-child checkup or visit the dentist in the past 12 months have decreased since 2008. Access and utilization of these preventive care services declined with increasing age, and racial and socioeconomic disparities were evident. Modified Author Abstract.

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