Delivery of Adolescent Health Care
Adolescence, the transition between childhood and adulthood, is defined by the World Health Organization as the time period between ages 10 and 18 and by the American Academy of Pediatrics as ages 11–21. Taking care of adolescents requires a different approach than caring for children or adults. The goals of an adolescent medicine provider are to oversee a teen’s health care, provide support and counseling for the many issues that may arise during puberty, and enable an adolescent to segue successfully to adulthood. Visits should reinforce good health practices, while discouraging high-risk behaviors such as unprotected sexual activity or substance use. A comprehensive history is the most important aspect of the preventive service evaluation. Taking a thorough adolescent history can be time consuming and occasionally challenging but provides essential information for health maintenance and risk prevention.
The initial encounter with an adolescent sets the tone for future...
KeywordsEating Disorder Transmitted Infection Binge Eating Disorder Adolescent Patient Sexual Health Service
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