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The Initial Adolescent Preventive Care Visit

DELISI, KRISTIN MSN, CRNP*; GOLD, MELANIE A. DO

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d1fd6
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Abstract

A comprehensive first visit with a gynecologist can lay the groundwork for positive health outcomes throughout a female adolescent's life. This visit gives the clinician the opportunity to gauge both the physical and psychosocial health and development of the adolescent patient. Physical screening should be combined with an assessment of the patient's environment and risk behaviors along with counseling on healthy behavior for both the patient and her parent or guardian.

Author Information

*Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Division of Adolescent Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Correspondence: Kristin Delisi, MSN, CRNP, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 3705 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. E-mail: Kristin.Delisi@chp.edu; magold@pitt.edu

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