Journal article

Improving Patient-Centered Care for Young People in General Practice With a Codesigned Screening App: Mixed Methods Study

Marianne Julie Webb, Greg Wadley, Lena Amanda Sanci



BACKGROUND: Despite experiencing a high prevalence and co-occurrence of mental health disorders and health-compromising behaviors, young people tend not to seek professional help for these concerns. However, they do regularly attend primary care, making primary care providers ideally situated to identify and discuss mental health and lifestyle issues as part of young people's routine health care. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate whether using a codesigned health and lifestyle-screening app, Check Up GP, in general practice influenced young people's assessment of the quality of their care (measures of patient-centered care and youth friendliness), and their disclosure of sensitive issues..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an Australian-based international research center that unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators, and policy makers from over 70 partner organizations. We would like to thank the young patients and their parents, and the general practitioners, practice manager, reception coordinator, and receptionists from the clinic where Check Up GP was piloted; without their participation this research would not have been possible. We would also like to thank research assistants Oshara de Silva and Shaunagh O'Sullivan for their role in collecting data.