Indian Academy of Pediatrics Consensus Guidelines for Adolescent Friendly Health Services

Preeti M. Galagali, Chandrika Rao, Chitra Dinakar, Piyush Gupta, Dheeraj Shah, Shilpa Chandrashekaraiah, Jayashree Kanthila, Digant Shastri, R. Ramesh Kumar, M. K.C. Nair

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JUSTIFICATION: Adolescent health is critical to the current and future well- being of the world. Pediatricians need country specific guidelines in accordance with international and national standards to establish comprehensive adolescent friendly health services in clinical practice. PROCESS: Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) in association with Adolescent Health Academy formed a committee of subject experts in June, 2019 to formulate guidelines for adolescent friendly health services. After a review of current scientific literature and drafting guidelines on each topic, a national consultative meeting was organized on 16 August, 2019 for detailed discussions and deliberations. This was followed by discussions over e-mail and refining of draft recommendations. The final guidelines were approved by the IAP Executive Board in December, 2021. OBJECTIVE: To formulate guidelines to enable pediatricians to establish adolescent friendly health services. Recommendations: Pediatricians should coordinate healthcare for adolescents and plan for transition of care to an adult physician by 18 years of age. Pediatricians should establish respectful, confidential and quality adolescent friendly health services for both out-patient and in-patient care. The healthcare facility should provide preventive, therapeutic, and health promoting services. Pediatricians should partner with the multidisciplinary speciality services, community, and adolescents to expand the scope and reach of adolescent friendly health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-484
Number of pages8
JournalIndian Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15-06-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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