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
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Sigman G, La Puma J. Care of Adolescent Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1989;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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