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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.

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