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

ds' 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.

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



-- Robert Preidt



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


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