Navigation Links
Most Teens Aren't Getting Preventive Health Care
Date:3/30/2009

Almost two-thirds lacked this type of service within past year, study found

MONDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) -- Most American teens don't receive the appropriate amount of preventive health services, even though this type of care can establish good health behaviors and discourage damaging behaviors that can affect teens for the rest of their life, a new study finds.

The University of California, San Francisco, researchers analyzed data gathered from almost 8,500 adolescents, ages 10 to 17, who took part in the Medical Expenditure Survey, a national survey of families and medical providers. The UCSF team focused on several aspects of preventive care for adolescents, including the extent to which they'd received care in the past year, whether they received counseling about various health issues, and whether they had any time alone with their health-care provider.

The study found that only 38 percent of these young people had a preventive health visit in the past year.

"The results were pretty shocking to us. With so many adolescents not receiving the recommended preventive care, it is clear we need to develop new strategies that will help increase the delivery of services," study first author Dr. Charles Irwin, director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF Children's Hospital, said in a university news release.

Irwin and colleagues also examined the extent to which doctors counseled teens or parents about six specific preventive health issues -- dental care, healthy eating, regular exercise, wearing a seat belt, wearing a bicycle helmet, and being exposed to secondhand smoke. Less than half of the teens who had a preventive health visit were counseled about at least one of these issues, and only 10 percent were counseled about all six.

"We really need to encourage physicians to make this type of counseling routine; otherwise, we might lose an opportunity to make a difference in these kids' lives," study senior author Sally Adams, a specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at UCSF, said in the news release.

Family income and insurance status can affect the amount of preventive care received by teens -- 48 percent of those from high-income families had a preventive visit in the past year, compared with 36 from middle-income families and 32 percent of those from low-income families. Adolescents with private insurance were more likely to have received preventive care in the past year than those who were publicly insured or uninsured.

"Health-care professionals must continue advocating for programs that increase the number of adolescents who are insured, because insurance is key to gaining access to preventive care," Adams said.

The study was published online March 30 in the journal Pediatrics.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers advice about teen health.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, March 30, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Society for Adolescent Medicine Meeting to Focus on E-Teens and How Adolescents Incorporate Technology and Health
2. Fewer Teens Sniffing Glue, Household Products
3. One in seven US teens is vitamin D deficient
4. Dating Abuse Affects One in Five Teens
5. A Lesson for Parents: Arguing in Front of Your Teens Has Lasting Impact, Researchers Find
6. Teens Lung Health Is Linked to Their Diet
7. Education may improve hospital prescription rate of emergency contraception to teens
8. Research Says Better Physician Education Would Improve Hospital Prescription of Emergency Birth Control to Teens
9. Half of Black Teens May Be Vitamin D Deficient
10. Teens Undertreated for Substance Abuse
11. Teens From Smoke-Free Homes Carry on Tradition
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Most Teens Aren't Getting Preventive Health Care
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, ... Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms ... Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of ... recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work ... Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June ... about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda ... orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including ... accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The ... published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS , ... students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is ... 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org ... let type 1 diabetes stand in the way of ... has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced today that it ... Supplier Horizon Award . One of 12 ... recognized for its support of Premier members through exceptional ... excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... recognition of our outstanding customer service from Premier," says ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  Experian Health, the ... transforming the patient payment and care experience, ... new products and services that will enhance ... cycle offerings. These award-winning solutions will enable ... remain compliant in an ever-changing environment and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: