LAWRENCE J. D'ANGELO, M.D., M.P.H.
To the editor: The recent article by Rapp (1) was an important introduction to some of the special issues that confront the practitioner who treats adolescent and young adult patients. However, it was not clear how often internists could be expected to need the skills and knowledge outlined. Recent data (2) show that patients between the ages 15 and 24 years make almost 8% of all visits to internists. This figure represents 6.2% of all visits to physicians made by individuals in this age group and 7.1% of all non-pregnancy-related visits. Younger adolescents, those between ages 11 and 14, constitute
D'ANGELO LJ. Adolescent Patients and Internal Medicine. Ann Intern Med. 1983;99:884. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-6-884_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(6):884.
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