Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline

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

Target Setting Method
Percentage point improvement

Summary

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.