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Opportunistic adolescent health screening of surgical inpatients.

Abstract

PURPOSE
Opportunistic health screening has long been promoted by advocates of adolescent health. However, there are few objective data documenting the outcomes in an inpatient setting.
METHODS
The authors performed opportunistic health screening on 114 surgical inpatients, median age 14 (range 10-18) years, admitted to a general adolescent ward in a tertiary children's hospital. A four-page paper document with a formatted list of questions, based on the Home, Education, Activities, Drugs, Sexual Health, Suicide framework, was developed to standardise screening and documentation.
RESULTS
Areas of concern requiring intervention were identified in 34 (30%) patients. Specific interventions included referrals to the Adolescent Medicine clinic (n=6), Hospital School Services (n=7) and Psychological Medicine (n=7).
CONCLUSIONS
Consideration should be given to offer adolescent health screening to all surgical inpatients. Further research should involve the participation of young people and should focus on the outcomes, feasibility, acceptability and resource implications of such screening.

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  • Authors

    Wilson H, Bostock N, Phillip N, Shannon P, Payne D, Kennedy A

    Institution

    Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital, Roberts Road, Subiaco WA 6008, Australia.

    Source

    Archives of disease in childhood 97:10 2012 Oct pg 919-21

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adolescent Health Services
    Child
    Hospitalization
    Humans
    Inpatients
    Mass Screening
    Practice Guidelines as Topic
    Surgical Procedures, Elective
    Tertiary Care Centers
    Western Australia

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22764091