Adolescence, chronic illness and disability

Mohammed Morad, Isack Kandel, Eytan Hyam, Joav Merrick

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    The prevalence of chronic illness or disability in adolescence has increased in recent years. In the past, children with certain chronic diseases did not reach adolescence, but over the last decade the survival rate has increased manyfold. The old morbidity (infectious disease, poor housing, poverty, lack of immunisation) has been exchanged with a new morbidity of adolescence, where a longer life expectancy is followed by an increase in lifelong disability. This review discusses issues concerned with the definition of disability in adolescence, reviews prevalence studies in several countries, the causes of disability, disparities, access and expenditure of health care, psychosocial aspects, and how to promote better outcomes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-27
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


    • Adolescence
    • Chronic illness
    • Disability
    • Israel

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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