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Chronic Conditions in Adolescence

About 31 percent of adolescents suffer from at least one moderate or severe chronic condition such as asthma, depression, or ADD/ADHD.1 These conditions cause many problems, including missed school days,2 high out-of-pocket expenses for families,3 and substantial time spent by parents attending to their adolescents’ needs4 Nearly one in four adolescents with a chronic condition has at least one unmet health care need.5 The Affordable Care Act includes many provisions to improve access to care for adolescents with chronic health care needs.6

The Adolescent Health Library has additional resources on chronic conditions.

Footnotes


1 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2012). National Survey of Children's Health. Portland, OR: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=2473&r=1&g=448.
2 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2010). National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Portland, OR: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=1622&r=1&g=382.
3 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2010). National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Portland, OR: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=1632&r=1&g=86.
4 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2010). National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Portland, OR: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=1633&r=1&g=86.
5 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. (2010). National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Portland, OR: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=1624&r=1&g=86.
6 English, A. (2010). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: How does it help adolescents and young adults? San Francisco, CA: National Adolescent Health Information and Innovation Center. Retrieved May 4, 2016, from http://nahic.ucsf.edu/downloads/HCR_Issue_Brief_Aug2010_Final_Aug31.pdf.
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Content last reviewed on September 12, 2016