Efforts to track the rate of lifetime sexual abuse and assault in childhood need to include the full inventory for 17-year-olds, break down findings between juvenile and adult perpetrators, and make clear when they are including both kinds of perpetrators in their definition of sexual abuse. (Full-text access is time limited.)
Parents and their adolescent sons generally support vaccinating boys in school vaccination programs. Programs should adopt flexible approaches to address the desires of parents and the changing needs of adolescents as they mature. (Full-text access is time limited.)
Many adolescents triaged as nonurgent nonetheless reported presenting to the emergency department (ED) instead of to their primary care provider's (PCP) office due to perceived acute illness or PCP referral. Education about appropriate use of medical services and ED referrals could improve adolescent health care. (Full-text access is time limited.)
Among 15- to 20-year-old women, broad counseling on the three combined hormonal contraceptives (pill, patch and ring) helped undecided women to find a method and greatly influenced the decision pattern of adolescents. (Full-text access is time limited.)
Data from the 1999 to 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey revealed that young adults with asthma were less likely than teens with the condition to have a usual source of care or a primary care visit within the past year. Harvard University researchers also noted lower prescription fill rates for short-acting beta-agonist agents and more emergency department visits among young adult patients compared with teens. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics.