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Fifteen-minute consultation: public health for paediatricians—adolescent public health
  1. Dougal S Hargreaves1,
  2. Bhanu Williams2,
  3. Fiona Straw3,
  4. Anna Gregorowski4,5,
  5. Arrash Yassaee6,
  6. Delan Devakumar7
  1. 1Population, Policy & Practice Programme, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, Northwick Park Hospital, London North West Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3Nottingham Children's Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  4. 4Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University College London Hospital Foundation Trust, London, UK
  5. 5Department of Adolescent Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  6. 6Newham University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  7. 7Institute for Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dougal S Hargreaves, Population, Policy & Practice Programme, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford St, London WC1N 1EH, UK; d.hargreaves{at}


Paediatricians have a key role to play in ensuring a holistic, integrated approach is taken to meeting adolescent health needs. There is increasing evidence that failure to do so can lead to poor healthcare experience, avoidable ill health and increased need for healthcare services, both in the short term and in adult life. This article aims to guide paediatricians in answering the questions ‘How well are the public health and clinical needs of the adolescent population in my area being met? And how can we improve?’

  • Adolescent Health;
  • Health services research
  • public health
  • transition
  • participation

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