The profile of adolescent health care is gradually gaining in prominence across many of the developed countries of the world. Concomitantly there is an increasing focus on the educational and training needs of health professionals working in environments where they may be involved in the care of young people. There is already some convincing evidence of this need and also of the benefits of responding to it. Further work to strengthen this evidence base is required and professionals working with adolescents all need to continue to promote this aspect of health care to commissioners and fund holders of health care budgets. By providing effective adolescent health care, a healthier, and consequently more productive, adult population will emerge, which will ultimately benefit our society.

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