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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).
Children's Dental Care: Periodicity of Checkups and Access to Care, 2003 
Statistical Brief #113 
Diabetes Management: Tests and Treatments among the 18 and Older U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population in 2003 
Statistical Brief #105 
Trends in Statin Use in the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Medicare Population, 1997 and 2002 
Statistical Brief #97 
Statin Use in the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Medicare Population in 2002 
Statistical Brief #96 
Statin Use among Persons 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Reported as Receiving Medical Care for the Treatment of High Cholesterol, 2002 
Statistical Brief #95 
Women's Health Care Utilization and Expenditures 
Working Paper #5014 
Access to Care and Use of Preventive Services, 2002: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, Age 18 to 64 
Statistical Brief #82 
Exercise in Adults, Age 18 and Older, in the United States, 2002: Estimates for the Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #70 
Characteristics of Persons Who Seldom or Never Wear Seat Belts, 2002 
Statistical Brief #62 
Hypertension in America, 2002: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 18 and Older 
Statistical Brief #59 
Screening for Prostate Cancer with the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test, United States, 2002 
Statistical Brief #42 
Use of the Pap Test as a Cancer Screening Tool, 2001 
Statistical Brief #26 
Women in the Health Care System: Health Status, Insurance, and Access to Care 
Research Findings #17 
Disparities and Gender Gaps in Women's Health, 1996 
Chartbook #8 
Patterns of Ambulatory Care Use: Changes From 1987 to 1996 
Research Findings #16 
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