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Medical News & Perspectives
January 28, 2009

Reforms Needed in Adolescent Health Care

JAMA. 2009;301(4):368. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.1002

Even when they grow up in the best of circumstances with strong family support, stable surroundings, and adequate health insurance, adolescents often find that the US health care system is not structured to meet their unique needs.

In a report released in December, the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommend a number of steps the nation's health system should take to help adolescents protect their health now and set the stage for good health during adulthood.