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Young people have their say: What makes a youth-friendly general practice?


Turner, L and Spencer, L and Strugnell, J and Chang, J and Di Tommaso, I and Tate, M and Allen, P and Cheek, C and Cooper, J, Young people have their say: What makes a youth-friendly general practice?, Australian Family Physician, 46, (1-2) pp. 70-74. ISSN 0300-8495 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Background and objective: The health of young people can be considered an indicator of the health of Australia's future population. To improve access to healthcare, the perspectives of adolescents on the design and delivery of services need to be championed. The objective of this study was to identify what young people in north-west Tasmania value when seeking healthcare at general practices.

Methods: The study was conducted at a single high school in rural Tasmania. Students aged 16-18 years were invited to participate in an electronic survey seeking their views and preferences for presenting to their general practitioner (GP).

Results: One hundred and fifty-five students, with a mean age of 17 years, were surveyed. GPs were the usual healthcare providers for 98.4% of participants, and 86% stated that they would like to discuss mental health, substance use and sexual health with their GP.

Discussion: GPs can improve access to care for young people through good communications skills and treating young people as young adults.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:youth, general practice
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Turner, L (Dr Lisa Turner)
UTAS Author:Spencer, L (Ms Leah Spencer)
UTAS Author:Strugnell, J (Mr Jack Strugnell)
UTAS Author:Chang, J (Mr Julian Chang)
UTAS Author:Di Tommaso, I (Dr Isabel Di Tommaso)
UTAS Author:Tate, M (Ms Magella Tate)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
UTAS Author:Cheek, C (Dr Colleen Cheek)
ID Code:114026
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2017-02-02
Last Modified:2018-07-24

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