Adolescent preventive services

C. J. Reif, A. B. Elster

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Adolescent clinical preventive services are in the early years of development, and studies evaluating the outcomes are being done. The challenge is to broadly implement adolescent prevention programs that appear promising. As described above, these programs include regularly scheduled prevention visits, health guidance at every teen visit, an early start at age 11 years, a comprehensive prevention package covering each of the medical and behavioral risks, involvement of clinic staff, a teen-friendly and confidential environment, and a network with other adolescent services in the community. Programs with these characteristics will offer quality prevention services to the teen, make a contribution to the community's efforts to improve the health of its adolescents, and provide a rewarding professional experience for the family physician.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


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