Population Care

Pearl of the Week: Screening assessments for young patients

Identify and respond to mental health issues in children and adolescents.

STEPS Forward Pearl of the Week

Primary care practices caring for child and adolescent patients can develop routine social-emotional screenings for their entire patient population. These practices are well positioned to identify and address pediatric mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use disorder or suicide risk.

In fact, physicians who serve youth are likely the first (and often only) professionals who encounter the 68% of American children who have experienced trauma, and those physicians have the greatest potential for early identification and response. 

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