Primary care providers' responsiveness to health-risk behaviors reported by adolescent patients
The Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) developed by the American Medical Association may allow physicians to provide a comprehensive exam to teenagers in 30 minutes or less. GAPS includes a 52-item questionnaire that teens can fill out during the exam. A survey of 15 primary care physicians and 95 of their teenage patients found that many of the teens reported risky health behaviors. Most of the physicians could not address all of these behaviors, with emotional problems and violence occurring low on the list. Physicians were more likely to address risky behaviors in females than males.
Publication Name: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Winning a losing battle: wasting can be both physiologically and psychologically devastating to a patient with HIV/AIDS
The most devasting aspects of AIDs are wasting and debilitation, and the degree of wasting is often the cause of death rather than the underlying disease, as malnutrition and weight loss weaken the immune system further. HIV infected patients should have their weight frequently recorded and they should be asked to keep a detailed food diary. Nutritional supplements should be given before a patient becomes malnourished.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
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