Although primary causes of death and injury in adolescent population are preventable in 75% of the general population, these causes are rarely screened or directly counseled during clinic visits. Statistics suggest that today’s adolescents are engaging in risk behaviors at earlier ages and with more diversity; health risk behaviors increase dramatically during each year of adolescence, especially between ages 11 and 16, and 71% of adolescent mortality is a result of motor vehicle crashes, homicide, suicide and unintentional injuries including drowning, poisoning, falls and firearms.
Researchers at the University of Michigan developed Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS) risk assessment tool. RAAPS is a time efficient screening tool that can identify multiple risk behaviors in adolescents aged 10-19. The RAAPS screening tool is a 21 question youth friendly, web based survey addressing risk behaviors in diet, exercise, violence/ safety, substance use, unintentional injury, depression/ suicide, and sexuality. The RAAPS can be completed in an average of 5 to 7 minutes using a computer with internet access. Completed surveys can be downloaded to a tablet or other personal computer or a hard copy can be printed by the clinic staff for use in counseling the adolescent during their appointment. For more information about the RAAPS web based system go to: www.raaps.org
Applications and Advantages
- Screening tool for identifying multiple behaviors in adolescents that put them at increased risk for injury or premature death
- Increase accuracy of risk identification
- Youth-friendly format
- Concise, easy, and quick to use; address and document the most common adolescent health risk behaviors in a single visit