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MEPS Topics: Preventive Care
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Preventive Care
Description: Data on preventive services are based on a series of questions asked about preventive health care use and when it occurred. Preventive services include mammogram screening, Pap test, breast exam, PSA test, physical exam, blood pressure reading, and flu shot.
Data tables: Preventive care-related tables are available in an interactive format on the Household Component Summary Tables platform.
Analytic tools: No preventive-care-related variables are available with the MEPSnet query tools at this time.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: Less than 50 percent of Americans Over Age 50 Have Had a Colonoscopy to Screen for Colon Cancer 01:01 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Cholesterol Levels 02:00 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Heart Healthy Habits 02:00 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Dental Checkups 01:15 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Use of Clinical Preventive Services in the United States: Estimates from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 2015 
Research Findings #41 
Children's Dental Care: Advice and Visits, Ages 2-17, 2011 
Statistical Brief #432 
Influenza Immunization Rates for the Adult U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #431 
Preventive Health Care Utilization by Adult Residents of MSAs and non-MSAs: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, 2009 
Statistical Brief #383 
Preventive Care Use by Insurance Status among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population, Ages 18-64, 2008 
Statistical Brief #307 
Choice of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors versus Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers among Hypertensive Adults: Nationally Representative Estimates, 1997-2004 
Working Paper #9001 
Asthma Preventive Medicine in 2006 - Who Takes Them? 
Statistical Brief #237 
Screening for Prostate Cancer with the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test - United States, 2006 
Statistical Brief #233 
Influenza Immunization Rates for Selected at Risk Populations among the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #226 
Dental Coverage of Children and Young Adults under Age 21, United States, 1996 and 2006 
Statistical Brief #221 
Premiums in the Individual Health Insurance Market for Policyholders under Age 65: 2002 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #202 
Screening Colonoscopy among the U.S. Noninstitutionalized Adult Population Age 50 and Older, 2005 
Statistical Brief #188 
Cholesterol Screening among the U.S. Noninstitutionalized Adult Population Age 20 and Older, 2005 
Statistical Brief #187 
The Top Five Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Children, Adults, and the Elderly, 2004 
Statistical Brief #180 
Aspirin Use among the Adult U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, with and without Indicators of Heart Disease, 2005 
Statistical Brief #179 
Use of the Pap Test as a Cancer Screening Tool among Women Age 18–64, U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #173 
Use of Breast Cancer Detection Exams among Women Age 40 and Over, U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #170 
Personal Health Behaviors for Heart Disease Prevention among the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2004 
Statistical Brief #165 
Trends in the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Hypertension, 1997 to 2003 
Research Findings #25 
Annual Flu Shot Rates among Persons 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003 
Statistical Brief #114 
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