Doctors have repeatedly said that youth lack the motivation or skills to take charge of their health care. But new research from MyVoice finds that youth are eager to get involved – and want their doctor to talk to them about it. Furthermore, we found that some youth 14-18 aren’t seeking out mental/reproductive health care because they think they’re too young, even though there are laws protecting their confidentiality despite being minors. Now we’re outlining steps that doctors can take to make sure youth are engaged and getting the health services they need.
Schuiteman S, Chua K-P, Plegue MA, Ilyas O, Chang T. Self-Management of Health Care Among Youth: Implications for Policies on Transitions of Care. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.01.009.