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.