• 2019 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2019 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    March 28-30, 2019, Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL.

    Earn up to 11.5 CNE hours.


    Find out more about it and REGISTER today!

  • AwardCall for Excellence Award Nominations

    The awards are: Emerging Chapter Award, Established Chapter Excellence Award, Special Interest Group Excellence Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Excellence in Education Award, Excellence in Leadership Award, and Excellence in Research Award.

    The nominations are tallied in July and the winners are announced every year during the Awards Celebration at the GAPNA Annual Conference.

    Now is the time to nominate a colleague or yourself - DEADLINE is June 1, 2018.

    Get started... nominate today!

  • W A N T E D   G A P N A   L E A D E R S!
    Call for Nominations!

    Have you ever considered stepping forward, accepting the challenge and volunteering for a position on the 2019 National Board of Directors? Register online NOW by April 1, 2019!

    Step Up - NOW is the Time! Register Here>

  • FREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Keynote Address - Health Policy: APRNs Working to the Full Extent of the Law"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For March/April 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

  • Poster Presentation


    This 22-module curriculum provides a basic knowledge base for Nurse Practitioners who looking to advance their expertise in caring for patients with dementia.

    FREE to GAPNA members until September 1, 2019

  • GAPNA Exchange


    GAPNA Exchange is a private, secure community for members to share ideas, ask questions, lend expertise, and network with peers.

    It features both an Open Forum discussion area along with smaller, segmented communities.

    Interact with GAPNA members wherever and whenever!

    Go to GAPNA Exchange

Persistent Differences Found in Preventive Services Use within the U.S. Population

Large differences in adult use of preventive services persisted from 1996 through 2008 across population groups defined by poverty, race/ethnicity, insurance coverage, and geography.

Researchers examine trends in five preventive services: general checkups, blood pressure screening, blood cholesterol screening, Pap smears, and mammograms.

Among the population of nonelderly adults (ages 19-64 years), the proportion of the population having a general checkup increased 1.1 percentage points from 1996/1998 to 2007/2008; the proportion of those with blood cholesterol screening within the prior 5 years increased by 8.2 percentage points.

In contrast, the percentage of the population having blood pressure screening or mammograms (among women) increased modestly between the first pair of time points, but remained essentially constant thereafter.

Finally, the percentage of women having Pap smears increased modestly (by 2.1 percentage points) from 1996/1998 to 2002/2003, but decreased by about a percentage point subsequently to the end of the study period.

More details are in Abdus & Selden. (2013). Preventive services for adults: How have differences across subgroups changed over the past decade? Medical Care, 51(11), 999-1007.


Related Topic 1: 

GAPNA Newsletter Issue: