ACE Score – Never Heard of It? You May Want to Know

Last week NPR’s All Things Considered highlighted the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Score which is a 10 item questionnaire with higher scores associated with increased risk of smoking, alcoholism, cancer, suicide, and other di. The score was developed as part of the ACE Study – a collaborative research project between the CDC and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego that recruited over 17,000 participants between 1995-1997 and have been in long-term follow-up for health outcomes. The NPR segment focused on the ACE Score and its utility in taking care of patients and how childhood experiences can impact one’s future health into adulthood. However, the score has not been universally implemented due to the very personal nature of the questions and how long it can take to complete. However, proponents of the score believe it can help patients better understand their health and physicians better understand their patients and how to help them. Click on the links below to read about the ACE Study from the CDC’s website and NPR’s segment.

CDC – ACE Study

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