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Prim Care. 2002 Sep;29(3):543-55.

Well child and preventive care.

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  • 1Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health Services, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899, USA.


In summary, primary care providers play an extremely important role in providing preventive care. In the USA, the primary care physician is the major deliverer of well childcare. Numerous resources exist as a guide to the recommended content of health supervision visits. Despite the overall improvement in the health of children, areas that continue to challenge us, include childhood poverty and persistent health disparities among different ethnic groups. Although, solutions to these problems may well lie with political and social organizations that take a population-based approach to health care, each visit into the primary care provider's office provides an opportunity to review urgent concerns, update immunization status, address developmental and behavioral concerns and promote healthy lifestyles.

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