Caring for the adolescent patient caring for the adolescent patient adolescence is a developmental period when many changes occur that have an impact on the physical and emotional health and well being of these young people. We seek to aid advanced practice nurses in caring for adolescents by illustrating how teenagers are different from other types of patients and we seek to promote adolescent focused care. Adolescent patients who require the care of a nephrologist present with a variety of challenges for the treating physician it is important to be competent in relevant principles of adolescent physiology such as somatic growth and puberty. Concerns about confidentiality may create barriers to open communication between patient and physician and may thus discourage adolescents from seeking necessary medical care and counseling. Adolescents obtain their health information from a number of sources health care providers are high on the list of the most valued of these sources therefore clinicians need to continue to develop their approach and communication skills with their adolescent patients one of the challenges of
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