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The adolescent with a chronic condition. Part II: healthcare provision
  1. P-A Michaud1,
  2. J-C Suris2,
  3. R Viner3
  1. 1Unité Multidisciplinaire pour la Santé des Adolescents (UMSA), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland
  2. 2Groupe de Recherche sur la Santé des Adolescents (GRSA), Institut Universitaire de Médecine Sociale et Préventive (IUMSP), Lausanne, Switzerland
  3. 3Royal Free Hospital & University College Medical School and Great Ormond St Hospital for Children, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Prof. P-A Michaud
    UMSA, CHUV, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland; Pierre-Andre.Michaud{at}


The treatment and management of chronic conditions during adolescence pose specific issues that need to be appropriately handled by health professionals. In this paper, questions related to disclosure of the diagnosis, the management of adherence to therapy, the need for an interdisciplinary network approach, lifestyles’ anticipatory guidance and prevention, and the transition into an adult healthcare setting are reviewed. Special areas such as the issue of life threatening diseases and the ethical aspects of the treatment of chronic conditions are also discussed.

  • adherence
  • adolescence
  • chronic conditions
  • transition
  • treatment

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