While concerns about health care quality in the United States usually
center on adult conditions, children also are generally receiving suboptimal
care, according to findings by the Commonwealth Fund.
A wide range of quality indicators point to lower levels of health care
delivery for younger patients, note authors of a review released last month
by the foundation, which supports independent research on health and social
issues. The review, Quality of Health Care for Children
and Adolescents: A Chartbook (available online at http://www.cmwf.org/programs/leatherman_pedchtbk_700.asp), says that one third of children with asthma do not receive appropriate
medications to control the condition, fewer than half of adolescents discuss
health behaviors with their clinician, and three fourths of children with
severe mental health problems are not evaluated or treated.
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