Opportunities to Improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Primary Care Clinics

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Abstract

Primary care providers are well positioned to address the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of adolescents; however, gaps often exist in the delivery of quality SRH services in primary care. Our objective was to identify specific opportunities to improve the delivery of adolescent SRH services in primary care. We conducted in-depth interviews with 25 primary care providers from various disciplines across rural and urban areas of Minnesota and conducted thematic analysis of transcribed data. Participants identified salient opportunities in three areas: (1) training and resources for providers (e.g., related to minor consent laws or addressing sensitive subjects), (2) practices and procedures (e.g., time-alone procedures and policies for confidential screening and sharing test results), and (3) education for adolescents (e.g., knowing their rights and accessing confidential SRH services). Study findings provide actionable opportunities to improve delivery of adolescent SRH services in primary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-704
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume62
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by research grants 3U48DP005022-04S5 and U48DP006414-01-03 to R.S. (Center PI) and C.M. (Core Research Project PI) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Keywords

  • adolescent health
  • confidential care
  • preventive care
  • primary care
  • sexual and reproductive health

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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