Essay about The National Health Interview Survey

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The 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), a multipurpose health survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) concluded that most U.S. children under age 18 years were in excellent or very good health (83%) (CDC, 2013). However, 7% of children had no health insurance coverage, and 4% of children had no usual place of health care (CDC, 2013). According to the CDC (2013), 20.5% of adolescents 12-19 years of age are considered obese, 5.6 % of adolescents 12-17 years of age reported smoking cigarettes and 11.6% of adolescents 12-17 years of age who used alcohol. Furthermore, the survey also mentioned that over 4.9% of adolescents 12-17 years of age missed 11 or more days of school in the past 12 months because of illness or injury (CDC, 2013). The Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) was first developed in 1993 by the American Medical Association 's Department of Adolescent Health (AMA) in order to improve the health outcome of adolescent ( Elster AB, Kuznets NJ, eds. (1994). GAPS is a screening tool that is intended to organize, restructure and redefine health care delivery for patients 11- to 21-year-old (Montalto, N., (1998). The purpose of this paper is to explain the GAPS screening tool and the procedure utilized in screening a 19 year old or older adolescent and the results of the GAPS screening test. Using the recommended AMA guidelines for conducting the Middle-Older…

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