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January 25, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(4):332-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080040074024

What are the returns from the several hundred million dollars and the time of thousands of physicians and nurses expended annually on school health programs? Whereas the objective of schoolhealth programs is clear, ie, maintenance and improvement of health of the nation's youth, the means employed for achieving this objective often have not been validated. Many school programs have traditionally focused on three areas of activity; periodic physical health appraisal, absence surveillance, and nurse care of pupils reporting illness during school hours.

Functioning as school physician and nurse, Rogers and Reese investigated each of these areas of school health activity in a population of approximately 1,000 high school students in suburban Pittsburgh. Their communications in the December and January issues of the American Journal of Diseases of Children,1 note that careful physical examination did reveal conditions considered improvable by health care; however, in almost half (45%) of the pupils,

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