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Seattle researchers design app to identify health behaviors in teens

Seattle researchers design app to identify health behaviors in teens

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

When sitting across a doctor it can be awkward for a teen to discuss sex, drugs and alcohol, so Seattle researchers have developed an electronic health assessment app to ask some of these tough questions before the start of the appointment. Drs. Cari McCarty and Laura Richardson, adolescent health specialists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, were awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to fund a 4-year study designed to prevent risky health behaviors in teens.

About Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics, among others. As part of Seattle Children’s Hospital, the research institute brings together leading minds in pediatric research to provide patients with the best care possible. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which consistently ranks as one of the best pediatric departments in the country. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org/research.