Few Receive All High-Priority Clinical Preventive Services

Eight percent of U.S. adults aged 35 years and older receive all services; 4.7 percent receive none

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THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Only 8 percent of U.S. adults aged 35 years and older receive all high-priority clinical preventive services, according to a report published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Amanda Borsky, Dr.P.H., from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md., and colleagues examined receipt of 15 high-priority clinical preventive services among 2,186 U.S. adults aged 35 years and older.

The researchers found that 8 percent of U.S. adults received all of the recommended high-priority, appropriate clinical preventive services. There were no significant differences by sex or age for the composite measure. Overall, 22.4 and 16.3 percent of people received 76 to 100 percent and 0 to 25 percent of their recommended preventive services, respectively. The likelihood of receiving only 0 to 25 percent of services was increased for men versus women (21.9 versus 11.3 percent). Overall, 4.7 percent of adults received none of the recommended services, with men more likely to receive no services than women (7.3 versus 2.4 percent).

"Improvement requires system-level innovation, including population data analysis, useful clinical decision support, and optimal use of the entire health care workforce," the authors write.

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