Event Title

Improving Adolescent Risk Assessment in a Primary Care Setting

Location

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

Start Date

10-4-2018 3:30 PM

Description

BACKGROUND: Adolescent risk-taking behaviors contribute significant risk to the current and future health of adolescent patients and have a significant annual cost to society. PROBLEM: A primary care practice in western Michigan had no standard practice related to the screening, evaluation, and response to adolescent-risk taking behaviors. As a result, only three of the fourteen providers were following national guidelines for screening, evaluating, and responding to adolescent risk-taking barriers. The providers cited lack of time and lack of knowledge as barriers to following guidelines. METHODS/INTERVENTION: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to address the unaddressed health care needs of the adolescent patients in the organization by improving the screening, evaluation, and response to adolescent-risk taking behaviors by the primary care providers. This project involved the development and implementation of practice protocols for the providers to utilize with adolescent well-exams. RESULTS: Analysis of provider surveys and chart reviews indicated that the intervention led to an increase in provider knowledge of the recommendations for adolescent risk-taking behavior screening, and an increase in the screening of adolescents for substance use and sexual activity. These improvements will be sustained with the implementation of a standardized screening tool for adolescent risk-taking behaviors. CONCLUSION: Equipping health care providers with the knowledge, resources, and protocols to address adolescent risk-taking behaviors can help to improve the health care offered to adolescent patients.

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Apr 10th, 3:30 PM

Improving Adolescent Risk Assessment in a Primary Care Setting

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

BACKGROUND: Adolescent risk-taking behaviors contribute significant risk to the current and future health of adolescent patients and have a significant annual cost to society. PROBLEM: A primary care practice in western Michigan had no standard practice related to the screening, evaluation, and response to adolescent-risk taking behaviors. As a result, only three of the fourteen providers were following national guidelines for screening, evaluating, and responding to adolescent risk-taking barriers. The providers cited lack of time and lack of knowledge as barriers to following guidelines. METHODS/INTERVENTION: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to address the unaddressed health care needs of the adolescent patients in the organization by improving the screening, evaluation, and response to adolescent-risk taking behaviors by the primary care providers. This project involved the development and implementation of practice protocols for the providers to utilize with adolescent well-exams. RESULTS: Analysis of provider surveys and chart reviews indicated that the intervention led to an increase in provider knowledge of the recommendations for adolescent risk-taking behavior screening, and an increase in the screening of adolescents for substance use and sexual activity. These improvements will be sustained with the implementation of a standardized screening tool for adolescent risk-taking behaviors. CONCLUSION: Equipping health care providers with the knowledge, resources, and protocols to address adolescent risk-taking behaviors can help to improve the health care offered to adolescent patients.