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Filling in the Gaps Through Research

Alain Joffe, MD, MPH
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170390011001.
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In their Commentary in this issue of the Archives, Knishkowy and Palti1 offer a thoughtful critique of the AMA Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS): Recommendations and Rationale.2 This Editorial is not intended to respond to their critique on a point-by-point basis. Rather, I wish to support their call for a vigorous adolescent preventive health services research agenda as there is much that remains unknown about this subject.

Pediatricians and others who provide care to children and adolescents have long recognized the importance of preventive services as an essential component of what we do. With the publication of GAPS and Bright Futures: National Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents,3 and with the increased pediatric input into the second edition of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services,4 we now have 3 scholarly works that focus our attention on specific components of the preventive services


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