Adolescent Care

Aug 01, 2021 Issue
Care of the College Student [Article]

Approximately 19 million students attend college in the United States. Although they are generally healthy, about 20% of youth have special health care needs, including asthma, diabetes mellitus, and learning, mental health, and substance use disorders. Physicians can facilitate the transition of a ...

Jun 1, 2020 Issue
Preparticipation Physical Evaluation: AAFP and Others Update Recommendations [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)and others have published the 5th edition of the preparticipation physical evaluation monograph. Revisions include new mental health and transgender sections and expansion of the female athlete chapter.

May 1, 2020 Issue
Migraines in Children: Recommendations for Acute and Preventive Treatment [Practice Guidelines]

Updated recommendations for the prevention and treatment of migraines in children and adolescents were recently published by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society, and they are based on a systematic review of new evidence published between January 2003 and August 2017.

Feb 15, 2020 Issue
ACIP Approves 2020 Adult and Childhood/Adolescent Immunization Schedules [Practice Guidelines]

The 2020 adult and childhood/adolescent immunization schedules have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Feb 1, 2020 Issue
Screening and Counseling Adolescents and Young Adults: A Framework for Comprehensive Care [Article]

Healthy development in adolescents occurs when risk factors are limited and when protective factors are fostered; this is encouraged when adolescents feel valued, empowered, and form healthy social connections. Threats typically result from experimentation and psychosocial stressors. Clinicians should regularly offer confidential screening and counseling because adolescents are more likely to access health care and to share sensitive information when confidentiality is assured.

Jan 1, 2020 Issue
Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Common Questions and Answers [Article]

Although most patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis are asymptomatic, some develop physical discomfort and respiratory compromise. Get the latest evidence on screening methods and treatments, learn when to order radiography, and find out which patients should be referred for further evaluation or consideration of surgery.

Nov 15, 2019 Issue
Specific Learning Disabilities: The Family Physician's Role [Article]

Academic underachievement, such as failing a class and the threat of grade retention, is common in school-aged children. Family physicians can support children and families by understanding the connection between risk factors, medical and educational evaluations, and educational resources.

Jun 1, 2019 Issue
Adolescent Substance Use and Misuse: Recognition and Management [Article]

The types of substances being used by adolescents have changed, with a decrease in alcohol and increase in marijuana and opiod use. Primary care physicians can help adolescents who use illicit substances by applying several available screening tools. A split-visit model encourages confidentiality between the adolescent and the physician while still involving parents in the clinical visit. Evidence-based treatments include interventions and medication-assisted treatment. Motivational interviewing is useful in addressing substance use in this group of patients.

Oct 1, 2018 Issue
Depression in Adolescents: AAP Updates Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment [Practice Guidelines]

These updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics aim to address the identification and diagnosis of all forms of depression in adolescents, defined in this guideline as those 10 to 21 years of age.

Apr 15, 2018 Issue
Screening and Management of High BP in Children and Adolescents: An Updated Guideline from the AAP [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) previously published guidance on screening for and managing high blood pressure (BP) in children and adolescents in 2004. An updated guideline was released by the AAP to address increased interest in childhood hypertension (HTN) and an updated search of the literature on the topic.

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