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Changes in health care access and preventive health screenings by race and ethnicity

JAMA Health Forum

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: The results of this study of 89,000 adults suggest that wellness visits and preventive health screenings in the U.S. have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. Screening rates for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and common cancers were lower in 2021 versus 2019, and varied across racial and ethnic groups, with Asian adults experiencing the most pronounced declines. These findings support the need for public health efforts to increase the use of preventive health screenings among eligible adults. 

Authors: Rishi K. Wadhera, M.D., M.P.P., M.Phil., of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is the corresponding author.

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