J. DENNIS FORTENBERRY, M.D.; DAVID W. KAPLAN, M.D.; EFSTRATIOS DEMETRIOU, M.D.; REBECCA J. BECKMAN, M.D.; DAVID EVANS, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P.
To the editor: The article by Rapp (1) turns welcome attention to a subject infrequently addressed by the literature on adult medicine, even though internal-medicine residents and practitioners care for adolescents in various ambulatory-care settings (2). Several points require comment.
Issues of confidentiality and autonomy are of great importance in dealing with adolescent patients; Hoffman (3) has addressed several of these issues and concludes that "no barriers should be placed in the way of rendering minor adolescents important preventative or therapeutic health services. . . ." Rapp's statement "parental consent should be obtained" suggests an overly tentative attitude toward this
J. DENNIS FORTENBERRY, DAVID W. KAPLAN, EFSTRATIOS DEMETRIOU, REBECCA J. BECKMAN, DAVID EVANS. Care of Adolescents. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:739. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-739_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):739.
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