Check Yourself Study: Promoting Adolescent Health through Personalized Feedback
Health risk screenings for teens are not performed as often as is recommended, and are rarely followed by targeted risk reduction interventions. To address this gap in preventive care, we are studying personalized feedback as a way to impact teen risk and improve clinical care. Specifically, we are studying whether or not Check Yourself:
- Helps increase conversations between teens and healthcare providers during appointments
- Reduces high-risk behaviors for youth.
We are in the process of publishing papers about our work. Check back soon for updates!
Delivering Patient-Centered Adolescent Preventive Care with Training and Technology
Together with patients, caregivers, and primary care providers, we will develop a training module to help providers meaningfully reinforce healthy behaviors and address risky ones with teen patients. Over the course of a year we will test this training, along with our Check Yourself app, in improving teen health outcomes and primary care health risk screening.
Improving Teen Care with Health Information Technology (HIT)
This study aims to further develop the Check Yourself app by taking a User-Centered Design approach. We have already conducted usability testing with teens and primary care providers to optimize the Check Yourself app’s design and content. We will conduct a randomized, controlled trial to examine:
- How the revised app impacts prevention and risk reduction counseling during a teen’s healthcare visit
- How the revised app reduces teen health risk behaviors by checking in with teens one month and six months after their appointment
Web-Supported Adolescent Motivational Enhancement to Reduce Alcohol Use
This study tests how well the Check Yourself App works as a brief intervention strategy to reduce alcohol use among students getting care at school-based health clinics.