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Healthcare 2017, 5(4), 84; doi:10.3390/healthcare5040084

The Role of Medication in Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Young People with Long-Term Needs

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Green Line Consulting Limited, Manchester M28 7FF, UK
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Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
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Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 12 July 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 29 October 2017 / Published: 3 November 2017
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Abstract

Young people frequently use and access prescribed medications for a range of health problems. Medications aimed at treating both common health problems and long-term physical and mental health needs in adolescence can have a significant effect on a young person’s emotional well-being. We use a series of case studies to illustrate the challenges for healthcare professionals supporting young people with medication use. The studies illustrate the efficacy and limitations of medication on improving emotional well-being by alleviating illness and distress, and how this efficacy must be balanced against both the adverse effects and the burden of treatment. There are specific challenges for medication management during adolescence including issues of adherence/concordance, facilitating autonomy and participation in decision making, and promoting independence. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescent; young adult; young person; medication; adherence; mental health; physical health; long-term condition; emotional wellbeing; health services adolescent; young adult; young person; medication; adherence; mental health; physical health; long-term condition; emotional wellbeing; health services
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Gray, N.J.; Wood, D.M. The Role of Medication in Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Young People with Long-Term Needs. Healthcare 2017, 5, 84.

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