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Pediatrics. 2011 Nov;128 Suppl 4:S161-6. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-2720D.

Treating teens: considerations when adolescents want to use complementary and alternative medicine.

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Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

In this article we examine decision-making about complementary and alternative medicine use when the patient is an adolescent. A case scenario describes patient-parent conflict when a 14-year-old boy who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis that has continued to progress even with medication refuses recommended surgery despite his physician's and parents' support for that option; he prefers homeopathy instead. We address (1) who has decision-making authority about treatment for young people, (2) how to determine if a young person can consent to or refuse treatment, (3) special considerations when counseling and treating adolescents (whether they can decide about treatment for themselves), and (4) parent-child conflicts about treatment. In addition, we suggest ways that health care providers can foster a trusting relationship with patients and parents.

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22045858
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2010-2720D
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