What I've learnt about how to talk to teenage patients
I ENJOY seeing my adolescent patients. They never fail to surprise me and it is exciting being involved with such a formative time of their lives.
Establishing trust is essential if an honest dialogue is to take place. I begin the consultation by explaining my role and I always encourage the young woman to be seen alone for at least part of the consultation.
My advice is to treat her as the patient and direct the conversation to her instead of her parent or caregiver. You need to make it a good experience as you want to encourage