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.
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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
FORTENBERRY JD, KAPLAN DW, DEMETRIOU E, et al. 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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