Primary health care and adolescence

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7018.1500a (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1500
  1. Tami Kramer, Research registrar Professor of child and adolescent psychiatry,
  2. M E Garralda, Senior lecturer Academic Unit of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
  3. Matthew Hodes
  1. St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1PG

    EDITOR,--In their editorial Aidan Macfarlane and Ann McPherson highlight the importance of adolescents' wants and needs for primary care services.1 They place little emphasis on the contribution of emotional and behavioural disorders to adolescent morbidity and mortality, though there are indications that these are highly relevant. For example, in the authors' own study of 14-16 year olds, which they cite, as many as 8% of adolescents reported feeling fed up or depressed every day and a …

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