As adolescence begins, so too starts a new level of tremendous growth and rapid change-physical, psychological, and social development that marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. Providing health care to adolescents presents a dual challenge: the treatment of immediate health problems, and the opportunity, through health promotion and disease prevention, to influence health habits, lifestyle choices, and health status in adulthood, because health behaviors originating in adolescence may well have longterm health consequences.
Perhaps the first requirement for any physician who undertakes to treat adolescents is a sensitivity to the enormous physical and psychological changes that occur during the
Health Care Needs of the Adolescent. Ann Intern Med. ;110:930–935. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-110-11-930
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