Are Colleges Prepared for Kids with Health Issues?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Twenty percent of kids attending college have a chronic condition, yet relatively few universities have the resources to support these students.
Air Date: 11/19/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Diana Lemly, MD
Diana Lemly, MD is a physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, specializing in the care of adolescents and young adults. She completed her training in Med-Peds at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012 and fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2014. She is currently on faculty at MGH and Harvard Medical School, providing primary care for adults and children at the MGH Back Bay Clinic, and primary care and specialty care for adolescents and young adults in the MGH Adolescent Practice. She has a particular interest in the transition of young adults with special health care needs from pediatric to adult-oriented care.

Dr. Lemly recently completed a national study of the capacity of college health services to support youth with chronic medical conditions, published in Pediatrics (November 2014). She was selected as a finalist for the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine New Investigator Award 2014. Dr. Lemly lives in Arlington, MA, with her husband and young daughter.
Are Colleges Prepared for Kids with Health Issues?
In the November 2014 Pediatrics study, "College Health Service Capacity to Support Youth With Chronic Medical Conditions" (published online Oct. 27), researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of medical directors from the health centers of 200 four-year colleges in the U.S.

They were asked about their capacity to identify and care for students with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and depression.

Overall, 42 percent of schools had no system in place to identify youth with chronic medical conditions.

Study authors conclude that although many schools can provide services and management for some primary care conditions, most schools do not provide adequate tracking or follow-up for youth with chronic medical conditions.

Listen in as Dr. Diana Lemly, part author of the study, discusses her findings.

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