Adolescent Health Series Published April 25, 2012
Today's 1.8 billion adolescents are more exposed to harmful alcohol consumption, sexually transmitted diseases, and other risks than in the past, and face other new challenges such as social media. The Lancet's second Series on Adolescent Health, launched to coincide with the 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, argues that it is now time to put the young person, not the specific issue, centre stage. Four papers analyse the role of adolescence as a foundation for future health, the social determinants of adolescent health, the potential of the worldwide application of prevention science, and the current availability of data on 25 suggested core indicators in all countries. • Adolescence: a foundation for future health • Adolescence and the social determinants of health • Worldwide application of prevention science in adolescent health • Health of the world's adolescents: a synthesis of internationally comparable data
Youth-friendly primary-care services: how are we doing and what more needs to be done?
Prof Andre Tylee MD, Dagmar M Haller MD, Tanya Graham MSc, Rachel Churchill PhD, Lena A Sanci MD The Lancet, Volume 369, Issue 9572, Pages 1565 - 1573, 5 May 2007
For developmental as well as epidemiological reasons, young people need youth-friendly models of primary care. Over the past two decades, much has been written about barriers faced by young people in accessing health care. Worldwide, initiatives are emerging that attempt to remove these barriers and help reach young people with the health services they need. In this paper, we present key models of youth-friendly health provision and review the evidence for the effect of such models on young people's health. Unfortunately, little evidence is available, since many of these initiatives have not been appropriately assessed. Appropriate controlled assessments of the effect of youth-friendly health-service models on young people's health outcomes should be the focus of future research agendas. Enough is known to recommend that a priority for the future is to ensure that each country, state, and locality has a policy and support to encourage provision of innovative and well assessed youth-friendly services.