CitationKirtley, Shona & Thorp, John M., Jr. (2013). Women's Health—What's New Worldwide: Making Health Services Adolescent Friendly: Developing National Quality Standards for Adolescent-Friendly Health Services. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 120(8), 1036-1038.
AbstractThis guidance document, published by the World Health Organization, sets out the rationale for allowing young people easier access to the health services that they require including sexual and reproductive health services. Aimed at government public health managers, the guidebook outlines a five-step process for developing quality standards for adolescent-friendly health services and provides guidance on how to assess whether these standards have been achieved. The five-step process involves: (i) developing a shared understanding of adolescent health and strengthening health service provision to adolescents; (ii) establishing the basis for formulating the national quality standards for health service provision to adolescents, in national HIV/AIDS and/or reproductive health policies and strategies; (iii) examining the programmatic implications of applying the national quality standards; (iv) developing the national standards; (v) outlining essential preparatory work at national levels before the quality standards can be applied. Issues discussed include: what are the health problems that adolescents experience? What barriers do adolescents face in obtaining health services? What is already being done to make health services adolescent friendly? What can be done to improve the service delivered to adolescents? Helpful resources that can be used to conduct a workshop to develop appropriate national quality standards are also provided including a set of workshop facilitator slides.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thorp, John M., Jr.