Millions of US Teens May Be Missing Out on Annual Checkups1,2 and the Opportunity to be Screened for Potential Health Risks
Approximately one-third of teens may be missing annual checkups according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services1 and the US Census.2 Teens often encounter social, emotional, and physical issues that may include eating disorders and obesity, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted infections.3 While experts agree that teens should get annual medical checkups to be screened for health risks and discuss important health-related matters,4,5 perceptions exist that may contribute to millions of teens missing out on yearly visits.1,2 To better understand perceptions about teen health, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with, and with support from Pfizer Inc, conducted a national survey, fielded by Harris Interactive, of more than 2,000 parents of teens, teens, and healthcare professionals.
The survey revealed a number of misperceptions and potential missed opportunities, including:
- About 60 percent of teens surveyed identified at least one reason for not getting an annual checkup; of those, about one-third believe that they only need to see a doctor when sick.6
- When teens are joined by a parent in the exam room, it can restrict the conversation, according to 84 percent of physicians surveyed.7
- About half of physicians surveyed assumed teens’ friends were a most trusted source for health for health information.8
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1 2020 Summary of Objectives, Healthy People; 2008 National Tables
2 U.S Census Bureau Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
3 AMA. Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services 1997. P1
4 SAHM. Clinical Preventive Services for Adolescents. P204
5 AMA. Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services 1997. P1
6 Weighted Data From Harris Interactive Teen Survey 2/7/13 Q915 Page 110
7 Weighted Data From HCP Survey 2/7/13 Q1165 Page 216
8 Weighted Data From Harris Interactive Teen Survey 2/7/13 Q810 Page 51