Youth who have been arrested or involved in the juvenile justice system are less likely to attend well-child visits and are more likely to use emergency services compared to their peers who are not involved in the justice system. Matthew C. Aalsma, PhD, professor of pediatrics, and an author of the study, wrote, “Increasing use of preventive primary care services is one approach offered to improve the health of vulnerable populations, including justice-involved youth.”

More information about the study, which was published in Pediatrics, is available online.