Garry Sigman, MD; John La Puma, MD
To the Editor: We were pleased with the ACP position paper concerning adolescent health care (1) because it provided a formal agenda for improving the medical care of adolescents. We believe that three areas targeted for improvement should be emphasized: developmental assessment, medical ethics, and health maintenance in adolescent care.
Assessment of the biological and psychological development and maturation of adolescent patients is a necessity for diagnosis and treatment. One adolescent is not like another; indeed, the most consistent feature of adolescent development is variability, both among adolescents and within the same individual as he or she progresses through the
Sigman G, La Puma J. Care of Adolescent Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;111:541–542. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-6-541_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(6):541-542.
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