The ACA has focused national attention on the importance of clinical preventive services. Providing these services to adolescents offers clinicians the opportunity to shape their patient’s health throughout the life course, yet many clinicians lack the tools and specific knowledge to do so.
As of October 2018, NAHIC has updated its easy-to-use toolkit designed to guide clinicians in providing preventive services to adolescents. The toolkit features recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force, Bright Futures, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The guidelines toolkit consists of:
- Summary of Clinical Preventive Services Guidelines for Adolescents (CPSG-ADOL Summary)*: A one-page document summarizing all recommendations, that can be printed easily and referred to during clinical practice.
- Clinical Preventive Services Guidelines for Adolescents (CPSG-ADOL)*: A supplemental document to the Summary, providing more detail about which screening tests should be used and which risk factors to look for.
These documents serve as a broad overview of the relevant recommendations for the 18 and under age group and are not meant to be all-encompassing. There may be special considerations for certain subpopulations within the young adult age group, such as pregnant women. For information on screening, please visit the USPSTF, Bright Futures, and ACOG websites. For information on immunizations, please visit the CDC website.
*A previous version of this tool appeared on the website.
Updated: December 2020.