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British guideline on the management of asthma in adolescents
The British Thoracic Society & Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
- Adolescents are defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as young people between the ages 10 and 19 years of age.
- Key elements of working effectively with adolescents in the transition to adulthood include:
- seeing them on their own, separate from their parents/carers, for part of the consultation, and
- discussing confidentiality and its limitations
Prevalence of asthma in adolescents
- Asthma is common in adolescents but is frequently undiagnosed because of under-reporting of symptoms
- Clinicians seeing adolescents with any cardiorespiratory symptoms should consider asking about symptoms of asthma