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confusing ethics question !!!!!!!

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A 14-year-old boy is brought to the physician by his mother because of a 3-month history of severe blemishes on his face and back that have been increasing in number. His mother has bought many over-the-counter medications for the acne, but he has not used any of them. Physical examination shows multiple pustules. Which of the following is the most appropriate next step?

A Ask the patient if he is concerned about the appearance of his skin

B Obtain a dietary history

Suggest a new nonprescription medication

Provide a prescription for a topical antibiotic

Recommend a consultation with a dermatologist

what is the answer plz ?
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A) Ask the patient if he is concerned about the appearance of his skin.

You should ask directly to the pt about his concern regarding his medical problem. This scenario looks like that the mom really is worrying about her kids appearance. You should not take any actions (tx, referral, etc) b4 px say something.
But he's only 14? But then again, it is always ''what the patient wants'' :notsure:
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