<- Back

Adherence and Concordance in Young People for Nurses

Speciality Classification
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session examines factors that influence the way young people take medicines in adolescence. It will also explore some of the challenges encountered by health professionals who care for young people who may have health beliefs conflicting with those of their parents or professionals.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • List the factors that influence young people, their parents or carers in their approach to following prescribed management and treatment plans
  • Discuss issues related to the prescribing and usage of medicines in young people
  • Consider strategies for engaging young people and their parents to promote concordance and adherence


Adherence to medical regimens for young people with long-term conditions is often poor, with some estimates suggesting it may be below 50% in many cases.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following AH sessions:

  • 02_004 Psychosocial Development (401-0007)
  • 02_005 Social Development in Adolescents (401-0008)
  • 02_006 Assessing Developmental Stage (401-0009)
Instructors / Speakers
Marcelle Sousa,
Adolescent Nurse Specialist (now retired)

Prior to her recent retirement Marcelle de Sousa was an Adolescent Nurse Specialist in the Adolescent Unit at University College Hospitals in London. She has been involved in transitioning young people to adult services since 1986 when she was a paediatric renal nurse. She was the chair of the Adolescent Health Forum of the RCN and the regional member of the London Board of the RCN. Marcelle has been a member of the Children’s Health Alliance Adolescent subgroup and was one of the Department of Health Transition Champions.

Terry Segal,
Consultant in general and adolescent paediatrics

Terry Segal is a consultant in general and adolescent paediatrics at University College Hospital, London. She is the adolescent lead as well as unit training director for paediatrics in UCLH. She is sub-speciality trained in paediatric and adolescent endocrinology, as well as some specific psychological training. Her interests include chronic fatigue and chronic pain syndromes, psychosomatic illness, medical management of anorexia and underweight and obesity. She has published research in the areas of obesity and pubertal delay amongst others.

Adherence and Concordance in Young People for Nurses
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Health Policy
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Access Duration (in months)
Programs this course belongs to
Modules this course belongs to
Similar Listings