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Eur J Pediatr. 2018 Apr;177(4):479-487. doi: 10.1007/s00431-017-3061-2. Epub 2017 Dec 21.

Paediatric departments need to improve residents' training in adolescent medicine and health: a position paper of the European Academy of Paediatrics.

Author information

1
Faculty of Medicine, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. Pierre-Andre.Michaud@chuv.ch.
2
Department of Pediatrics, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, Netherlands.
3
Peterhouse, Cambridge, UK.
4
Department of Pediatrics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
5
Department of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
6
Neonatal Unit, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Upon Tyne, Newcastle, UK.
7
Hepatology, Gastroenterology and Nutrition Unit, Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Rome, Italy.
8
National Observatory for Trainees and Young Paediatricians, ONSP, Padua, Italy.
9
Medical Faculty, University of Rzeszow, Rzeszów, Poland.
10
Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.
11
Faculty of Medicine, Cyprus & Paediatric Department, Larnaca General Hospital, European University of Cyprus, Engomi, Cyprus.
12
Primary Care Paediatrician, ULSS6 Euganea, Padova, Italy.
13
Adolescent Medicine Division, Department of Paediatrics, University Hospital Santa Maria, Lisbon, Portugal.
14
Interdisciplinary Division for Adolescent Health (DISA), University Hospital of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Abstract

In many European countries, paediatric junior staff has no formal training in adolescent medicine and is ill-equipped to deal with issues and health problems such as substance use, unprotected sex, eating disorders and transition to adult care. This position paper of the European Academy of Paediatrics proposes a set of competency-based training goals and objectives as well as pedagogic approaches that are expected to improve the capacity of paediatricians to meet the needs of this important segment of the paediatric population. The content has been developed from available publications and training programmes and mostly covers the generic aspects of adolescent healthcare, such as how to communicate effectively, how to review and address lifestyles, how to perform a respectful and relevant physical examination, how to address common problems of adolescents and how to support adolescents in coping with a chronic condition.

CONCLUSION:

The European Academy of Paediatrics urges national bodies, paediatric associations and paediatric teaching departments to adopt these training objectives and put them into practice, so that paediatricians will be better prepared in the future to meet the challenge of delivering appropriate and effective healthcare to adolescents.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent health; Adolescent medicine; Curriculum; Medical education; Residents; Teaching; Training objectives

PMID:
29270826
DOI:
10.1007/s00431-017-3061-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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