Paediatric departments need to improve residents’ training in adolescent medicine and health: a position paper of the European Academy of Paediatrics

Pierre André Michaud, Lenneke Schrier, Robert Ross-Russel, Laila van der Heijden, Lien Dossche, Sian Copley, Tommaso Alterio, Artur Mazur, Lukasz Dembinski, Adamos Hadjipanayis, Stefano Del Torso, Helena Fonseca, Anne Emmanuelle Ambresin

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Abstract

In many European countries, paediatric junior staff has no formal training in adolescent medicine and is ill-equipped to deal with issues and health problems such as substance use, unprotected sex, eating disorders and transition to adult care. This position paper of the European Academy of Paediatrics proposes a set of competency-based training goals and objectives as well as pedagogic approaches that are expected to improve the capacity of paediatricians to meet the needs of this important segment of the paediatric population. The content has been developed from available publications and training programmes and mostly covers the generic aspects of adolescent healthcare, such as how to communicate effectively, how to review and address lifestyles, how to perform a respectful and relevant physical examination, how to address common problems of adolescents and how to support adolescents in coping with a chronic condition. Conclusion: The European Academy of Paediatrics urges national bodies, paediatric associations and paediatric teaching departments to adopt these training objectives and put them into practice, so that paediatricians will be better prepared in the future to meet the challenge of delivering appropriate and effective healthcare to adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Dec 21 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescent health
  • Adolescent medicine
  • Curriculum
  • Medical education
  • Residents
  • Teaching
  • Training objectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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