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Teen Issues Make Treatment Tougher


Managing a chronic illness is tough on teens, according to researchers who analyzed 28 studies of 13- to 19-year-olds who had one of 11 chronic illnesses (including diabetes) or had undergone an organ transplant. The study, which examined teens’ self-reported barriers to sticking with their prescribed medication regimens, found that many of the teens’ top issues were specific to adolescence, including a desire for normalcy, worry over peer relationships, a desire to be freed of their diseases’ control, and conflict with parents or a perceived lack of support from them. The findings underscore the need for parents and health care providers to take issues of adolescence into account when dealing with teens who have a hard time following their treatment plans.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health, published online Oct. 30, 2013


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