ADOLESCENT RISK ASSESSMENT
Adolescence is generally a time where we do not expect to encounter multiple co-morbidities and as a rule, that is likely true. Having said that, adolescent care is anything but simple. This is because the primary function of the provider at this point is reducing risk factors and optimizing health. Most providers thrive on health promotion, but with adolescents, it isn’t as easy as it seems. There are multiple developmental reasons that make developing a relationship a bit different than establishing rapport with an adult patient. In the below assignment, we will discuss some of the unique screening methods, communication methods, and risk factors facing this group.
1.Choose a screening tool, and discuss its strengths and weaknesses.
2.Keeping in mind that adolescents are different and respond to different methods than adults, discuss specifically how you could picture successfully implementing this screening in an outpatient clinic while working with an adolescent population.
3.How might communicating with an adolescent about risk reduction be different than communicating with an adult and any strategies to manage this?
4.Choose the problem that you feel affects morbidity (not mortality) most on YRBSS, and discuss how you might approach motivating an adolescent to make a behavior change in this area.