When treating young patients it can seem easier to go straight to their parents for a concise medical history. But Gianna Service, MD, writes in Practice Pearls that addressing kids directly is often a better approach:
“With all ages this builds trust. Younger children feel they are a part of the interaction and tend to be less wary of me and more comfortable with the exam. Adolescents appreciate being respected as an independent person. I find they are much more interested in my insights if I demonstrate that I value theirs,” Service writes.
She also notes that some kids rarely get opportunities to talk to adults who aren’t family members or teachers, and having conversations with their doctor can help build confidence.
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