dr Shikha Mahajan
Consultant Pediatrician & Adolescent Counselor
BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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Use HEEADSS acronym for evaluation of an adolescent in your office practice.

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Following points should be taken care while evaluating and interviewing an adolescent :

  • Start addressing the adolescent as soon as they show maturity & psychological changes associated with puberty.
  • It is preferable to conduct the interview when the adolescent is relatively well.
  • At every visit , adolescent should be assessed for any new stresses and overall well being.
  • Caregivers should not be present during interview because a parents presence is likely to limit the sensitive information the adolescent may provide. However, do not ignore the parents.
  • Assure the adolescent of confidentiality.

Posted On: 06/10/2018

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