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Hidden agenda of teenagers' consultations

GPs need to be more sensitive to teenagers during consultations and always look out for a hidden agenda, according to the RCGP's adolescent task group.

Speaking at a new training course ­ 'Getting it right

for troubled teenagers in the consultation' ­ Dr Lionel

Jacobson, a member of the group, said the symptoms teenage patients present with were often not the main

problem.

He added: 'A sore throat is often the entrance ticket to something more personal or complex.'

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