Mobile tablets, like the iPad, present exciting opportunities to extend health technology to vulnerable populations. While this technology is ideally suited for use with adolescents around sensitive health topics, little is known about adolescent patient and provider perspectives on mobile health application (app) use and integration of this technology into real-world clinical settings. Using a community-partnered approach, the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health, in partnership with the UCLA School of Medicine, conducted a feasibility and acceptability study of two interactive, individually tailored mobile health applications (apps) to promote responsible sexual health behaviors among adolescents attending the Carson and Jordan High School Wellness Centers. The apps focused on Chlamydia screening and contraceptive counseling for adolescents. Results indicated that the use of sexual health apps is acceptable and feasible for adolescent clinic providers and patients in a school-based health center setting. In addition, patient satisfaction surveys revealed high satisfaction among adolescents, and that app use did not increase clinic wait time for other patients.
Hillary Seidenberg, Dr. Rebecca Dudovitz’s medical student intern for the summer, conducted provider interviews at Carson and Jordan Wellness Centers. She had a chance to present preliminary results at the UCLA School of Medicine Josiah Brown Poster Fair in August 2013.
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Hillary is a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2010, and since completing her undergraduate education, she has conducted neuroimmunology research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and extensively volunteered with the homeless pediatric population in Los Angeles. Hillary currently conducts health services research at the Pediatrics Department at UCLA.