Do you know a teen who has missed their annual checkup with their doctor?
If you are parent or know such a teen you will wan to read on and share the information on this survey. Teens who miss their annual checkups miss the opportunity to be screened for potential health risks. According to a recent survey that you can find at http://www.myteenshealth.com/ at least one-third of teens miss their annual checkups according to the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Census.
It is important that they go to these annual checkups but there is a misconception amongst teens about when they should go to the doctor. As parents there is also some valuable information that you should know to help encourage your teen to attend their check ups.
Here are but a few of the results from this survey:
- About 60 percent of teens surveyed identified at least one reason for not getting an annual checkup; of those, about one-third believe that they only need to see a doctor when sick.6
- When teens are joined by a parent in the exam room, it can restrict the conversation, according to 84 percent of physicians surveyed.7
- About half of physicians surveyed assumed teens’ friends were a most trusted source for health for health information.8
As a parent I know you want to be there to hear what the doctor has to say and you can after they have seen your teen first and have given them the chance to speak freely to the doctor about any concerns they might have that they might not otherwise feel comfortable talking about in front of mom or dad. The most important thing is of course to ensure that your child is given the exam and that they are healthy.
If you’re interested you can find out more information HERE, see the survey results and even compare your own perceptions to the results. There’s a ton of great information for both you and your teen at My Teens Health so feel free to go and check it out.