154368 - Engaging and Communicating with Adolescents: HEADSS Screening Tool
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This activity seeks to address the complex issues around engaging with adolescents about their health and development. It presents the HEADSS psychosocial interview, a practical screening tool used by paediatricians and other practitioners treating adolescents to evaluate how adolescent patients are coping with daily living pressures.
HEADSS provides a comprehensive framework for assessment, which can and should be adapted for use in the general practice setting. It assists with building rapport and provides a comprehensive assessment by asking questions about home, education and employment, eating behaviours, activities, drugs, sexuality and suicide/depression.
General Practitioners are considered the primary healthcare provider for adolescents and young people, situating GPs in a prime position to play a key role in adolescent health. This presents an opportunity to address the management of risk-taking behaviours and the psychosocial aspects of adolescent’s lives. This activity aims to play a small role in equipping GPs with appropriate communication skills and questioning techniques, to build rapport and offer appropriate advice and treatment to adolescent patients.Learning outcomes