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GPs need to be more proactive in providing health care to teenagers

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:941
  1. Nicola Cowap, General practitioner
  1. 12 Parolles Road, London N19 3RD

    EDITOR,—When asked what type of contraceptive services they want, teenagers say that they want services that are local and that are accessible every day and in an emergency. This type of service is more readily provided by general practice. In addition, general practitioners and their colleagues have the opportunity to discuss health issues in general with teenagers. There is evidence, however, that teenagers receive suboptimal care in general practice and that general practitioners frequently fail to …

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