About half of all teenagers in the U.S. have never visited a doctor without a parent or guardian present, according to a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The American Medical Association in 1992 suggested children start having private doctor visits, sans parent or guardian, by age 13. But in the years since, parents and teens have been reluctant to embrace private or semi-private medical visits at a young age.
The new study revealed that parents and children mostly agree on the importance of private visits, though they tend to disagree when it comes to the types of medical services that should fall under that jurisdiction.
Morning Shift talks with Dr. Jon Klein, professor and executive head of pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about the study’s findings, and what parents can do to help prepare their teen for adolescent health care visits.
GUEST: Dr. Jon Klein, Professor and Senior Associate Head of Department of Pediatrics at University of Illinois at Chicago
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