Best Practices for Youth Friendly Clinical Services
This paper provides research-based information on youth friendly clinical services – specifically for family planning clinicians and other professionals who provide health care for youth – and offers an overview of the recent medical and public health literature regarding key components of youth friendly clinical services. Confidentiality, respectful treatment, integrated services, culturally appropriate care, free or low cost services, and easy access: these are all widely recognized as important components of appropriate clinical services for adolescents and young adults. However, this section reviews and highlights aspects and nuances of these components that may be little known to clinicians and staff but that are essential to ensuring that services are youth friendly. As such, this information may challenge users to reflect on their personal knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors as well as on the protocols and practices in use at their clinic.