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Summary of the management of asthma in adolescents (from the British guideline on the management of asthma)
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