Adolesc Med. 1998 Feb; 9(1): 179-88, vii.
Threats to chronically ill adolescents. Challenges for physicians as we approach the next millennium.
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, USA.
The frequency of all forms of juvenile arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, other major connective tissue diseases, and other rheumatic diagnoses, is estimated to be approximately 160,000-190,000 U.S. children under 15 years of age. The author suggests that the legitimization of alternative medicine and the corporatization of U.S. health care are undermining the quality of care that chronically ill adolescents receive.