Ethics. Research. Community.

Adolescent-friendly services.

Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992). 
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The time has come to discuss adolescent-friendly services and what these should entail. Conclusion: The attitudes and skills of the staff are the keys to successful healthcare for the adolescent. Communication skills include providing time without parental presence. Confidentiality in the patient-provider context is important but rules and practices vary from country to country and have to be learned. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children is a generic framework that makes a good starting-point. Ambiguous cases should be referred to groups of professionals and lay people trained in medical ethics.
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