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An overview of the main messages from key data on young people’s health in the UK
  1. Ann Hagell,
  2. Lizzie Wortley,
  3. Rachael McKeown
  1. Association for Young People's Health, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ann Hagell, Association for Young People's Health, London SE1 4YR, UK; ann{at}


Having access to good data on the health of 10–24 year olds is essential for targeting services and improving health outcomes for this age group. We identify the main UK population level data compendiums that include young people, outline some clear messages those data tell us about the state of youth health and suggest what this means for setting priorities for policy and practice.

Although 10–24 year olds in the UK are generally in good health, the data reveal some trends that suggest the need for more prevention and early intervention during adolescence and early adulthood to protect their health now, their future health and the health of their own families later down the line. Particular concerns include preventable mortality, mental health trends, rates of obesity and the need to promote self-management of long-term conditions arising in the transition to adulthood.

  • adolescent health
  • child health
  • healthcare disparities

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  • Contributors AH wrote the first draft and the revised draft, and led the project. LW contributed to the design and implementation of the research, to the analysis of the results and to the writing and revision of the manuscript. RM contributed to the additional research and writing during the revision of the manuscript.

  • Funding The project on which this review is based was supported by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and healthcare for people in the UK.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.