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Friday, March 25, 2011

Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults – Closing the Gap

This report, from the Centers for Disease Control (U.S.) focuses on the use of potentially lifesaving preventive services by the growing population of adults aged 65 years and older. By presenting and interpreting available state and national self-reported survey data, the Report aims to raise awareness among public health and aging services professionals, policy makers, the media, and researchers of critical gaps and opportunities for increasing the use of clinical preventive services, particularly among those who are currently underserved.

The Report is divided into four sections:

• Featured Preventive Services looks at eight services for which sufficient data at the state or national level exist: two vaccinations that protect against influenza and pneumococcal disease; five screenings for early detection of breast cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes,
• Additional Preventive Services briefly discusses seven other services recommended for older adults: alcohol misuse screening and counseling, aspirin use, blood pressure screening, cervical cancer screening, depression screening, obesity screening and counseling, and zoster vaccination.
•Making a Difference addresses the implications of the survey data and offers examples of recent interventions that have successfully increased use of clinical preventive services in diverse communities.
References are provided for those who wish to delve further.

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