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Needs of teenagers with chronic disability

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:945
  1. Clare Williams, Research fellow
  1. Postgraduate Centre, United Medical and Dental Schools, St Thomas's Hospital, London SE1 7EH

    EDITOR—In Smith's editorial on the needs of teenagers with epilepsy, he states that “the consultation must focus on the needs and independence of the teenager, with the parents taking a back seat.”1 This view replicates the individualistic approach of health education by treating teenagers as autonomous individuals, with little recognition of the constraints that might impact on choices.

    In line with other work,2 my qualitative research on teenagers with either diabetes or asthma found that they tended to …

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