SAHM Position & Statement Papers
- Refeeding hypophosphatemia in hospitalized adolescents with anorexia nervosa is correlated with degree of malnutrition, with a high index of suspicion for severely malnourished patients (<70% median body mass index). Weight history (greater magnitude or rate of weight loss prior to admission) regardless of presentation weight has also been associated with lower serum phosphate. Higher energy meal-based refeeding starting at 2,000 kcal has not been shown to be associated with higher rates of refeeding hypophosphatemia than the traditional standard of care, lower energy refeeding.
- The medical provider plays an important role in the management of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with restrictive eating disorders (EDs), including anorexia nervosa (AN), atypical anorexia nervosa, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. The focus of this article is the medical management of AYAs with restrictive EDs, which can be performed by a number of different medical providers, including pediatricians, family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, and, in some countries, psychiatrists.
- Worldwide, a number of COVID-19 vaccines have been approved or granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or Emergency Use Listing for adolescents and young adults (AYA), which has brought hope to many across the globe. Extension of the EUA for a COVID-19 vaccine to children and adolescents aged 5 through 15 years is exciting news for children, adolescents, parents, and providers of AYA. Many countries around the globe have extended immunization against COVID-19 to younger age groups. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decrease globally in administration of other adolescent vaccines.
- Adolescent and young adult (AYA) health care providers (HCPs) frequently serve sexual and gender–diverse (SGD) youth. Sexual orientation refers to a person's sexual identity in relation to the gender(s) to which they are attracted. Gender-diverse, sometimes addressed as gender-expansive, persons are a subset of the population whose gender identity, expressions, or behaviors differ from those typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth in the society in which they live. These constructs may develop separately, and terminology should acknowledge and include the broad range of SGD identities that exist.