Communication key to adolescent health outcomes

Nov. 27, 2013, Medical Xpress

Improved communication between pediatric providers and the parents and guardians of adolescents could lead to better health outcomes, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) study reports. The findings are available online in this month’s Patient Education and Counseling.

Between June and November of 2009, Aletha Akers, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UPSOM and the study’s lead author, and her research team administered an anonymous, self-reported questionnaire to a sample of 358 parents accompanying their adolescent children on visits to general outpatient pediatric clinics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to assess the main health issues concerning their adolescents. Continue reading