Your Health, an intervention at senior vocational schools to promote adolescents’ health and health behaviors

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  1. Rienke Bannink1,
  2. Suzanne Broeren1,
  3. Jurriën Heydelberg2,
  4. Els van ’t Klooster3,
  5. Cathelijn van Baar3 and
  6. Hein Raat1,*

  1. 1Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,
    2Municipality of Rotterdam, Librijesteeg 4, 3000 KS Rotterdam, The Netherlands and 3Public Health Care for Youth, Westblaak 171, 3012 KJ Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  1. ↵*Correspondence to: H. Raat. E-mail: h.raat{at}erasmusmc.nl
  • Received January 21, 2014.
  • Accepted June 10, 2014.

Abstract

This study evaluates the appreciation, application and effects of an intervention (Your Health), in which adolescents received
a consultation with the school nurse. A cluster randomized controlled trial with an intervention and control group (care-as-usual)
was conducted among first-grade senior vocational students. Adolescents (n = 418) completed a questionnaire at baseline and 6-month follow-up assessing health and health behaviors. School absenteeism
was monitored via the school registration system. After the consultation, adolescents and nurses evaluated the consultation
by questionnaire. Adolescents appreciated being invited for the consultation and gave the consultation a positive mean rating
of 8.78 on a 10-point scale. Adolescents rated the other nine items on the appreciation of the consultation also high. In
36.8% of the adolescents, nurses suspected problems. Most often these adolescents were given tailored advice (59.3%) or they
were referred to another professional (40.7%). No statistically significant effects of the intervention were found on the
health and health behaviors of adolescents. This study supports the use of Your Health as a promising intervention to reach
senior vocational students. Future research is needed to evaluate long-term effects and the effects and appreciation of the
subsequent help that is offered.

Trial registration: www.trialregister.nl, NTR3545.

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