Doctors must be trained to deal with adolescents

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7160.751b (Published 12 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:751
  1. Russell Viner, Director of adolescent medicine
  1. Great Ormond Street and University College London Hospitals, Paediatric Services Directorate, Middlesex Hospital, London W1N 8AA

    EDITOR—Siersted et al report an association between high levels of undiagnosed asthma in adolescents and family problems, as well as the health risk factors of high body mass index, passive smoking, and low physical activity.1 The high rate of underdiagnosed asthma in young people is, however, explained only through the misinterpretation or neglect of symptoms of asthma by patients, parents, or …

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