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Teens Who Avoid Healthcare Become Less Healthy Adults
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Adolescents who did not seek medical care when they needed it were more likely to experience poor health outcomes as adults, analysis of two large cohorts in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health showed.

Dougal S. Hargreaves, MBBChir, MD, of the Institute of Child Health at University College London, and colleagues found that adolescents with “unmet healthcare needs” were more likely to experience fair or poor health in adulthood (adjusted odds ratio 1.27, 95% CI 1.00 to 1.60, P=0.046). They were also at greater risk of having functional impairment (aOR 1.52, CI 1.23 to 1.87, P<0.01), depressive symptoms (aOR 1.36, CI 1.13 to 1.64, P=0.01) and suicidal ideation (aOR 1.30, CI 1.03 to 1.68, P=0.026) compared to those who did not report unmet healthcare needs.