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Provision of age appropriate health services for young people has been ignored

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1022
  1. Russell Viner, consultant in adolescent medicine (,
  2. Aidan Macfarlane, freelance specialist in maternal, child, and adolescent health
  1. University College London Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, London W1N 8AA
  2. 6 Cobden Crescent, Oxford OX1 4LJ

    EDITOR—In arguing for better coordinated psychological, sexual, and social health care for young people, Bennett and Bauman depict adolescence as a time of risky behaviours, including risky sex, delinquency, and drug misuse.1 There is incontrovertible evidence that mental health problems, drug misuse, and sexual problems are often comorbid in this population. But understanding this as a function of adolescent risk taking secondary to impaired decision making abilities is …

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