Using a survey to track behaviors and risk reduction can assist professionals in monitoring risk and behavior change over time, similar to the monitoring of weight or blood pressure. Early risk identification can assist in tailoring specific preventive education counseling and intervention programs that are geared to meet the specific needs of each adolescent population. If rates of nutritional deficiency, sexual activity or depression are particularly elevated in a select population, special attention could be directed to these issues with appropriate health education materials placed in waiting and exam rooms.
Try these free resources for teen risk behaviors to place in your classroom, exam or waiting room:
- – ACOG’s Tool Kit for Teen Care: Resources on a variety of issues from alcohol use, depression, STIs and violence.
- – US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health Talking With Teens Website
- – TeensHealth is a website that is a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions and life.
High-quality data can contribute to the efficient and appropriate use of limited resources and the eventual reduction in health risk behaviors. How will you start to use your data?
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