The Visit

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The Visit

Annual clinical preventive services visits are important for adolescents and young adults, which includes an overall assessment of the patient. It’s important for primary care providers to make the visit comfortable for this population of patients and to provide care in a confidential manner. In addition to providing the physical part of the exam and the recommended screenings, the visit provides an opportunity to communicate with the adolescent about what’s going on at home, school, work, and in their relationships. This includes doing a HEADSS assessment and taking a sexual history at least once a year. Below is some information that can help providers communicate with adolescents and guide them in delivering the needed assessments to promote the optimal health and wellbeing of adolescents.

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