|Titre :||Adolescents in primary care [Clinical review] (2005)|
|Auteurs :||A. McPHERSON|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||British Medical Journal (Vol.330, n°7489, 26 February 2005)|
|Article en page(s) :||465-467|
|Discipline :||TRA (Traitement et prise en charge / Treatment and care)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEADOLESCENT ; SOINS DE PREMIER RECOURS ; PRISE EN CHARGE ; MEDECIN GENERALISTE ; RELATION THERAPEUTIQUE ; COMMUNICATION ; PRATIQUE PROFESSIONNELLE
The specific health needs of young people are often neglected by primary care as it is believed that adolescents are on the whole a healthy group who rarely present to their general practitioner (GP). "Out of sight" has been "out of mind," especially given the ever increasing pressures on primary care from other client groups.
The new GP contract in England and Wales has done nothing to mitigate this. Change is needed, however, as teenagers (a) have many health concerns, though they do not always tell their GP about them, and (b) do visit their GPs, on average two to three times a year (with about 70% of all teenagers visiting their GP in any one year). These visits provide opportunities to deal with their health concerns.
Surveys have shown that adolescents are usually happy to discuss health issues with their GP, but 40% say that they find it difficult to see their GP. Over 60% said that they would not know how to register with a GP when they left home, and 71% did not know how to register as a temporary resident. Young people identify confidentiality and access as the most important aspects of primary care for them.
|Domaine :||Hors addiction / No addiction|
|Affiliation :||Oxford, UK|