How Can We Best Communicate with Adolescents?
Pediatric patients with normal development require a transition in care from a parent-focused model of care to an adolescent-focused model at some point during their teenage years and beyond that to an adult model of care around age 18 years. There are two major challenges to the physician-patient relationship during this period of time: one, how to effectively communicate with the adolescent patient, and two, how to transition them to the adult provider who will ultimately provide care when the teen has reached adulthood. In this chapter we will explore effective communication strategies for talking with adolescents and their families, as well as the elements of an effective transition to an adult-style model of care.
KeywordsAdolescent Communication Transition of care Health transition
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