Confidential time spent with adolescent patients is an opportunity to discuss sensitive issues. Discussions may be streamlined with the use of a standardized risk behavior screening tool. Screening all adolescent patients for risky behaviors is recommended by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American College of Preventive Medicine. However, research indicates that this recommendation is not universally followed, with the rates of screening and counseling adolescents on risky behaviors ranging from 15-50%.
AHI offers starter guides that are mini-toolkits that offer concrete, actionable steps to improve adolescent care. Check out this great Starter Guide on risk screening!
AHI created an infographic demonstrating the importance of and how to instate confidential risk screening. Additionally, communicating the importance of and availability of confidential services to adolescents and their parents helps to normalize the risk screening process. AHI has resources to help your health center communicate your confidentiality practices to adolescent patients and their parents.
Infographic highlighting the importance of adolescent risk screening and suggest work flows for implementation.
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