This topic 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.
- Resources for adolescent preventive services recommendations
- Sexual maturity rating scale
- Health guidance for parents
- Early adolescence (ages 11-14 years; junior high/middle school; sexual maturity rating 1-4)
- Early adolescence (ages 11-14 years) healthcare visit: males
- Early adolescence (ages 11-14 years) healthcare visit: females
- Middle adolescence (15-17 years; high school; sexual maturity rating 4-5)
- Middle adolescence (15-17 years) healthcare visit: males
- Middle adolescence (15-17 years) healthcare visit: females
- Late adolescence (age 18-21 years; college and work; sexual maturity rating 5)
- Late adolescence (18-21 years) healthcare visit: males
- Late adolescence (18-21 years) healthcare visit: females
William P. Adelman, MD, FAAP
Division Director, Adolescent Medicine
Children's Mercy Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Missouri Kansas City
WPA declares that he has no competing interests.
Elisabeth Stafford, MD, FSAM, FAAP
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.
Alain Joffe, MD, MPH, FAAP
Student Health and Wellness Center
Johns Hopkins University
AJ declares that he has no competing interests.
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