This monograph presents a list of preventive service recommendations for the practitioner to consider when evaluating the individual adolescent. Adolescence (ages 11 to 21 years) is a time of relative health, with a low incidence of serious medical problems. Medical issues that arise during adolescence are more likely to be related to behavior and environmental factors than to organic disease. Many individuals establish lifelong habits during adolescence, so it is a critical time for health providers to invest in preventive services and screening in order to promote health. Preventive services are a mainstay of primary care for infants and children but are provided sporadically for adolescents, with physicians often avoiding sensitive issues.
Division Director, Adolescent Medicine
Children's Mercy Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy, US Department of Defense, or the US Government. WPA declares that he has no competing interests.
Adolescent Medicine Fellowship
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium
Department of Pediatrics
Brooke Army Medical Center
ES declares that she has no competing interests.
Student Health and Wellness Center
Johns Hopkins University
AJ declares that he has no competing interests.
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