A research agenda for adolescent-centered primary care in the United States

J Adolesc Health. 2013 Sep;53(3):307-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.06.025.


Little attention has been given to how primary care can be transformed to better meet the needs of adolescents. To help generate the evidence needed, The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health convened an invitational conference in 2012 in Washington, DC. Participants from various disciplines identified a set of prioritized recommendations pertaining to 3 topics: increasing adolescent and parent engagement and self-care management; improving preventive care and identifying conditions early; and integrating physical, behavioral, and reproductive health services. This commentary includes the top three recommendations for each topic area and concludes with a brief examination of federal and private funding prospects.

Keywords: Integrated care; Patient-centered care; Preventive health services; Primary health care; Research; Youth engagement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Primary Prevention
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Self Care
  • United States