Adolescent-Focused Digital Health Interventions
Developing improved electronic health assessment tools to encourage self-reported health tracking and personalized care for adolescent patients
With the rise of digital based medicine and machine learning health solutions, there is the potential for improved healthcare delivery to groups that have historically been overlooked and underserved. Among these groups are adolescents, whose treatment often follows pediatric guidelines that do not necessarily account for their unique and varied needs.
Drs. Richardson and McCarty are specialists in adolescent health with a focus on improving medical and behavioral interventions for teens in and out of primary care settings. A previous study cooperatively led by Drs. Richardson and McCarty offers evidence for the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of an electronic health assessment tool that provides personalized feedback to youth on selected health risk behaviors, including substance abuse, sex, sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and safety. This study demonstrated that today’s adolescents have a high degree of comfort and transparency when providing self-reported data in a digital setting that is not reproduced on paper forms or during face-to-face primary care visits. Drs. Richardson and McCarty have helped develop a web-based tool designed to encourage more comprehensive self-reporting of health risk behaviors, with the ultimate goal of improving focused care options for adolescents. The data generated by this electronic health assessment tool couples with automatic messaging to promote positive and healthy behavior, and serves as a means for primary care physicians to suggest more personalized and age-appropriate interventions.
Ongoing work by Drs. Richardson and McCarty also includes application of their electronic self-reporting tool to improve substance use screening and brief intervention and depression outcomes for adolescents. The tools being developed by Drs.Richardson and McCarty enable rapid self-reporting, ongoing monitoring, and connection to needed resources in a timely manner.
Drs. Richardson and McCarty have a wealth of experience both in the clinic and computational research settings with the competencies to generate and interpret robust patient datasets. Drs. Richardson and McCarty would be interested in collaborating with partners to further develop electronic health solutions by further optimizing their platform to provide immediate behavioral interventions and monitor ongoing health outcomes in adolescents.
Stage of Development
- Clinical Trial
- Collaborative research and development opportunity
- Sponsored research agreement
- Consultation agreement
- Clinical trial
- McCarty CA, Gersh E, Katzman K, Lee CM, Sucato G, Richardson LP. Screening and brief intervention with adolescents with risky alcohol misuse in school-based health centers: A randomized clinical trial of the Check Yourself tool. Subst Abus. 2019 Mar 18:1-9. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2019.1576090. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:30883284
- Richardson LP, Zhou C, Gersh E, Spielvogle H, Taylor JA, McCarty CA. Effect of Electronic Screening with Personalized Feedback on Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors in a Primary Care Setting: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 May 3;2(5): e193581. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.3581. PMID: 31074815
- Radovic A, McCarty CA, Katzman K, Richardson LP. Adolescent’s Perspectives on Using Technology for Health: A Qualitative Study. JMIR Pediatr Parent. 2018 Jan-Jun 1(1). pii: e2 doi: 10.2196/pediatrics.8677. Epub 2018 Mar. PMID: 30740590.
- Zieve GG, Richardson LP, Katzman K, Spielvogle H, Whitehouse S, McCarty CA. Adolescents' perspectives on personalized E-feedback in the context of health risk behavior screening for primary care: Qualitative study. J Med Internet Res. 2017; 19: e261.