Half of Americans miss out on preventive servicesBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.10 (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:10
- Fred Charatan
A study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that less than half of all Americans receive some of the most valuable and effective preventive health services available to them.
The study, by Ashley Coffield and colleagues from the non-profit making Partnership for Prevention, was published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2001;21(1):1-9). It is the first to apply structured analyses in a consistent fashion across a full set of recommended clinical preventive services to determine their importance to the US population.
In 1997, Partnership for Prevention convened a committee on clinical preventive service priorities. The committee chose to assess the relative value of services on the basis of two criteria: …