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The adolescent with a chronic condition. Part I: developmental issues
  1. J-C Suris1,
  2. P-A Michaud2,
  3. R Viner3
  1. 1Groupe de Recherche sur la Santé des Adolescents (GRSA), Institut Universitaire de Médecine Sociale et Préventive (IUMSP), Lausanne, Switzerland
  2. 2Unité Multidisciplinaire pour la Santé des Adolescents (UMSA), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland
  3. 3Royal Free Hospital & University College Medical School and Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr J-C Surís
    GRSA/IUMSP, Bugnon, 17, 1005 Lausanne, Switzerland; joan-carles.suris{at}


The prevalence of chronic conditions among adolescents is difficult to assess due to the lack of quality data focusing specifically on this age group, as well as the diversity in methodology and definitions used. However, surveys carried out by self administered questionnaires among in-school adolescent populations indicate that around 10% of adolescents suffer from such a condition. The aim of this paper is to analyse the reciprocal effects of chronic conditions and adolescent development by reviewing the effect of chronic disease on growth and puberty and on psychosocial development, and the effect of developmental issues on the course and management of chronic disease.

  • adolescence
  • chronic conditions
  • development

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