Status: Baseline only
Increase the proportion of adolescents who speak privately with a physician or other health care provider during a preventive medical visit
Baseline: 38.4 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years spoke privately with a physician or other health care provider without another adult in the room during a preventive medical visit in the past 12 months in 2016-17
Target: 43.3 percent
Speaking privately with a health care provider during a preventive medical visit is a sign of quality care and can help adolescents develop a sense of independence and autonomy. Keeping care confidential also encourages adolescents to ask for help early when they have a problem—and makes it less likely that they’ll avoid getting care. Interventions at both the practice site and provider level can make it easier for adolescents to speak privately with providers.
Workgroup: Adolescent Health Workgroup