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February 2014

Will You Ask? Will They Tell You? Are You Ready to Hear and Respond?Barriers to Physician-Adolescent Discussion About Sexuality

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park
JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(2):111-113. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4605

The article by Alexander et al titled “Sexuality Talk During Adolescent Health Maintenance Visits”1 addresses physicians’ discussion about sexuality with adolescents as well as adolescents’ responses based on audio records of 253 adolescent visits with 49 physicians. The findings are consistent with other studies indicating low frequency and thoroughness of physician discussion with adolescents about sexuality in primary care.2,3