Arch Dis Child 90:1133-1137 doi:10.1136/adc.2005.080747
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Adolescent medicine in paediatric practice

  1. D Payne1,
  2. C Martin2,
  3. R Viner3,
  4. R Skinner4
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Adolescent Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia
  3. 3Department of Paediatrics, Royal Free & University College Medical School, University College London, UK
  4. 4School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr D Payne
    Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NP, UK;
  • Accepted 5 August 2005


Adolescents are a growing area in paediatric practice in both hospital and community settings. They make up around one quarter of the practice of many paediatricians. Yet until recently there has been little formal interest in young people’s health in the UK. The situation is now changing, particularly following the publication of the “National Service Framework for children, young people and maternity services”, which places a major emphasis on adolescent health. Given that this area is relatively new to many paediatricians, this article aims to provide an overview of the range of health problems that affect young people, to provide practical advice for working with this group in paediatric practice, and to outline current and future opportunities for training in adolescent health in the UK.


  • Competing interests: none declared