ERIC Number: EJ806483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
To What Extent Are School Drop-In Clinics Meeting Pupils' Self-Identified Health Concerns?
Kay, C. M.; Morgan, D. L.; Tripp, J. H.; Davies, C.; Sykes, S.
Health Education Journal, v65 n3 p236-251 2006
Objective: This paper explores young peoples' health concerns and their knowledge and views of school nurse drop-in clinics (drop-ins) held in their schools. Design: Cross section survey of adolescents using questionnaires delivered in schools to 10 per cent of the population, and school drop-in monitoring data from the Primary Care Trust (PCT). Setting: 11 secondary schools in a suburban south-east London borough. Method: Data from 590 11-17 year olds were used to determine their health concerns, sources of advice for health concerns, views and perceptions of their school based drop-in clinics, and attendance at these clinics. Results: Young people have a number of health concerns, notably in the area of inter-personal issues, emotional heath and well-being; however, few had sought help with these. Awareness of school based drop-ins was high but knowledge of times and locations was patchy. The drop-ins were viewed positively, especially by users. Issues such as timing of drop-ins, their location and confidentiality were raised by students. Most consultations were dealt with by support or advice from the school nurse. Monitoring data suggested the service may be under-used but those who did attend often returned. Sixty-two per cent of students felt drop-ins were an important service in schools, this rose to 92 per cent among those who had accessed the service. Conclusion: School based drop-ins offer a valuable service but need planing and promotion to achieve good attendance figures. A school drop-in may be the first time a young person has accessed any health care setting by themselves and valuable transferable skills may be learnt. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: School Nurses, Confidentiality, Clinics, School Health Services, Program Effectiveness, Student Needs, Adolescents, Questionnaires, Foreign Countries, Health Needs, Access to Health Care, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Emotional Development, Well Being, Mental Health, Knowledge Level, Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)