Seizing the opportunity: Improving young adult preventive health care

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  • J.T. S
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The transition to young adulthood is accompanied by increased rates of mortality, engagement in risky health behaviors, and chronic conditions. Primary care visits can present a key opportunity for improving the health of young adults through preventive screening and intervention. In this article, we review (1) opportunities for improving young adult preventive health care as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); (2) preventive service guidelines relevant to the young adult age group; (3) a new young adult tool to facilitate the delivery of preventive services; and (4) lessons learned in implementing adolescent guidelines that can inform young adult preventive care. Copyright © 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics. All rights reserved.

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  • *health behavior
  • *preventive health service
  • *primary health care
  • *young adult
  • counseling
  • health care policy
  • health status
  • human
  • legal aspect
  • mass screening
  • mental health
  • organization and management
  • practice guideline
  • review
  • safety
  • standard
  • transition to adult care

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