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Are Colleges Prepared for Kids with Health Issues?

November 19, 20149 min
Twenty percent of youth attending college have a chronic medical condition, yet relatively few U. S. colleges have the proper health resources to identify or support these students.In the November 2014 Pediatrics study, "College Health Service Capacity to Support Youth With Chronic Medical Conditions," (published online Oct. 27) researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of medical directors from the health centers of 200 four-year colleges in the U.S. They were asked about their capacity to identify and care for students with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and depression. Overall, 42 percent of schools had no system in place to identify youth with chronic medical conditions. Study authors conclude that although many schools can provide services and management for some primary care conditions, most schools do not provide adequate tracking or follow-up for youth with chronic medical conditions.Listen in as Dr. Diana Lemly, part author of the study, discusses her findings.

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