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J Sch Nurs. 2016 Oct;32(5):324-8. doi: 10.1177/1059840516652454. Epub 2016 Jun 14.

High School Students' Self-Reported Use of School Clinics and Nurses.

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1
Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA xgj4@cdc.gov.
2
Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
3
Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Abstract

Access to school health clinics and nurses has been linked with improved student achievement and health. Unfortunately, no studies have examined how many students report using school clinics or nurses and for which services. This study addressed this gap with data from a nationally representative sample of 15- to 25-year-olds. Respondents who reported being in high school were provided a list of services and asked whether they had gone to a school nurse or clinic for any of the listed services. Nearly 90% reported having access to a school clinic or nurse. Among students with access, 65.6% reported using at least one service. Non-White students and younger students were more likely to report having access to a clinic or nurse. These results show many students have access to clinics or nurses and are using these services, although not uniformly for all services.

KEYWORDS:

asthma; chronic diseases; communicable diseases; health/wellness; immunizations; quantitative research

PMID:
27302959
DOI:
10.1177/1059840516652454
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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