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ERIC Number: EJ806483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
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.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)