Health care encompasses the professionals and services that aim to promote and maintain wellness and prevent and treat illness. From checkups in infancy to complex illness management in elder care, individuals of all ages interact with the health-care system and health-care providers. As individuals interface with this system, they bring with them their own beliefs, attitudes, and approaches to health to interactions in which professionals hold special expertise regarding health. This entry provides an overview of developmental considerations related to utilization of health services and interactions with health-care professionals across the lifespan, examines modern changes in health care, and discusses challenges and disparities in health care.

Health Care in Childhood and Adolescence

Pediatric health care has been described as a family-based approach in which caregivers, most often ...

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