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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

versão impressa ISSN 1679-4974versão On-line ISSN 2237-9622

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NUNES, Bruno Pereira et al. Adolescent use of health services: a population-based cross-sectional study Pelotas-RS, Brazil, 2012. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.3, pp.411-420. ISSN 2237-9622.  https://doi.org/10.5123/S1679-49742015000300007.

OBJECTIVE:

to describe the prevalence and characteristics of health service use by adolescents in the urban area of Pelotas-RS, Brazil.

METHODS:

a population-based cross-sectional study was conducted with 743 adolescents aged 10 to 19 years; the outcome was health service use in the thirty days preceding the interview.

RESULTS:

of the total sample, 23.0% (95%CI: 19.4;26.6) used health services; of these, 38% used private or health plan services and 32.2% used public health services; the SUS financed more than half (52.1%) of care; the main reasons for health service use was health problems (69.0%) and follow-up appointments (18.7%); the reasons for choosing the service were nearness to home (23.4%), preference for commonly used services (22.8%) and choice made by parents or guardians (21.1%).

CONCLUSION:

health service use was high and its characteristics can contribute to the planning of adolescent health care.

Palavras-chave : Adolescent; Primary Health Care; Health Services; Epidemiology, Descriptive; Health Inequalities.

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