Adolescent Doctor Visits: Should I Stay in the Room During My Adolescent�s Healthcare Visit?
With or without justification, many adolescents consider themselves to be adults, capable of choosing their own paths and making their own choices. However, when it comes to adolescent healthcare, parents should continue to be actively involved in the choice of providers and settings.
Some families wonder who their adolescent should see for primary care. A pediatrician? Family doctor? Internist? The truth is, there is no single right answer.
Most pediatricians will continue to see children throughout their adolescence, and sometimes even through college. Family doctors see patients at all stages of life, from babyhood to old age. Internists are primarily doctors for adults and may be a good choice for older adolescents without a pre-existing pediatrician or family doctor.
Remember that the personal and professional qualities of a doctor, and their skills in working with both of you are far more important than their title.
Last reviewedDecember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.