Using the 2001–2004 Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, we examined rates of past-year adolescent time alone with a clinician by visit type, and among youths with a preventive visit, examined age, gender, and race/ethnicity differences. Youths with a preventive visit have higher rates of time alone; rates for these youths increase with age, are higher for males (42%) versus females (37%), and are lowest among Hispanics. Time alone rates are low, especially for younger females and Hispanic youths. Special efforts are needed to increase time alone in these populations.
Who Gets Confidential Care? Disparities in a National Sample of Adolescents, Jennifer C. Edman, M.D., M.P.H., Sally H. Adams, R.N., Ph.D., M. Jane Park, M.P.H., Charles E. Irwin Jr., M.D., Journal of Adolescent Health, Volume 46, Issue 4, PAges 393-395, April 2010