Perspectives of family medicine physicians on the importance of adolescent preventive care

A multivariate analysis

Jaime L. Taylor, Matthew Aalsma, Amy L. Gilbert, Devon Hensel, Vaughn I. Rickert

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Abstract

Background: The study objective was to identify commonalities amongst family medicine physicians who endorse annual adolescent visits. Methods: A nationally weighted representative on-line survey was used to explore pediatrician (N = 204) and family medicine physicians (N = 221) beliefs and behaviors surrounding adolescent wellness. Our primary outcome was endorsement that adolescents should receive annual preventive care visits. Results: Pediatricians were significantly more likely (p <.01) to endorse annual well visits. Among family medicine physicians, bivariate comparisons were conducted between those who endorsed an annual visit (N = 164) compared to those who did not (N = 57) with significant predictors combined into two multivariate logistic regression models. Conclusions: Family medicine physicians that endorse annual visits are significantly more likely to affirm they hold strong beliefs about topics that should be discussed during the annual exam. They also act on these beliefs by talking to parents of teens about these topics. This group appears to focus on quality of care in thought and deed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMC Family Practice
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 20 2016

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Preventive Medicine
Family Physicians
Multivariate Analysis
Medicine
Logistic Models
Adolescent Behavior
Quality of Health Care
Parents
Pediatricians

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Preventive care
  • Primary care
  • Provider beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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Perspectives of family medicine physicians on the importance of adolescent preventive care : A multivariate analysis. / Taylor, Jaime L.; Aalsma, Matthew; Gilbert, Amy L.; Hensel, Devon; Rickert, Vaughn I.

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