During adolescence and young adulthood a wide range of mental health disorders and
risky behaviours can emerge and co-occur. Primary care practitioners (PCPs) are ideally
positioned to identify areas of concern as part of young people’s routine health care.
Technology-based screening tools help PCPs to normalise sensitive issues, guide discussion
about risky behaviour, and increase young people’s disclosure of sensitive health
issues. However, there is a paucity of research into how using these tools affect
patient-centred care. Further, despite the known benefits, this technology is not
being widely used by PCPs. The aim of this study was to implement a co-designed health
and lifestyle screening app, and investigate how it affected the patient-centred care
of young people and how PCPs and clinic receptionists integrated using the tool within
routine health care.
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