The Initial Adolescent Preventive Care Visit

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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.

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