Assessing the Adolescent Patient

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​Assessing the Adolescent Patient

​As part of the adolescent annual clinical preventive services visit, assessing the patient’s activities and behaviors is important. Using the HEADSSS assessment will address the key areas that should be covered during this visit. 

Below are resources for providers, adolescents/young adults, and families

Confidential Health Care Services
Confidential Services and Private Time

AAP Clinical Guidance for Primary Care Providers

Bright Futures Guidelines for Preventive Services: Provides information and guidance on a family-centered approach to care.

HEADSS Assessment

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Services in the Pediatric Setting: This clinical report outlines how a provider can deliver sexual and reproductive health care to adolescents.

Achieving Quality Health Services for Adolescents: This policy statement provides guidance on delivery of developmentally-appropriate care; importance of and strategies to preserve confidentiality; location of adolescent care; the types of providers who offer such care; the role of research in advancing care; and the transition to adult care.

CDC Resources for Providers, Adolescents/Young Adults, and Families 

Parent Portal: The CDC offers resources for parents to help them talk to their teens about reproductive and sexual health care topics. Other Helpful Resources for Providers, Adolescents/Young Adults and Families 

Healthy Children: The AAP’s public-facing Web site provides information and several resources to assist parents/caregivers navigate their role in their teen’s care and support them during this transition. 

Advocates for Youth: Provides information for youth to help them advocate for their reproductive and sexual health care. 

Adolescent Health Working Group: This San Francisco-based group created a series of resources intended for health care providers to use in their practices to notify patients and parents about policies and services that support a teen-friendly experience.


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