Adolescence should be a time of healthy growth and development. Indeed, it is a critical period with significant physical, emotional, and mental changes. Despite robust physical health, adolescent risky behaviours may result in lifelong consequences as well as increased morbidity and mortality. The HEEADSSS review of systems is a tool to understand adolescent behaviour and assess risk-taking behaviours to provide appropriate interventions. Using the HEEADSSS review of systems is an effective way to engage in dialogue with teens and address many of the challenges faced by this age group it aims to promote screening as a routine part of health, education or social care interventions as well as to provide direct links to national and local resources.
To access the HEEADSSS app click here
To access this useful paediatric educational podcast for trainees click here