In a study of adolescent medical consultations, adolescent patients were asked whether any of the seven sensitive topics (behavior, mood, getting along with others, their parent’s mood, family stresses,  sexuality/birth control, and drugs/tobacco/alcohol) were raised by their doctor. Adolescents who were asked about one or more of these sensitive topics were significantly more likely to feel that their provider understood their problems, help them deal with their worries they also were more likely to feel that their provider involved them in treatment decisions. See the full article here.

Dr Ramesh Manocha