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Chronic illness in adolescents

Michael G Sawyer, Jennifer J Couper, A James Martin and J Declan Kennedy
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (5): 237.
Published online: 1 September 2003

Thirty years ago, Pless and Pinkerton1 highlighted the fact that, although children and adolescents experience a diverse range of illnesses, those with chronic conditions have great similarities in their life experiences and in the preventive and rehabilitative aspects of their lives. Since then, the intensity of treatment programs recommended for managing adolescent chronic illnesses has increased greatly. As a result, the daily lives of adolescents with chronic illness are often very different from those of their healthy peers.

  • Michael G Sawyer1
  • Jennifer J Couper2
  • A James Martin3
  • J Declan Kennedy4

  • 1 Women's and Children's Hospital, North Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Department of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.

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