Teens, technology, and health care

Francesco Leanza, Diane Hauser

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Teens are avid users of new technologies and social media. Nearly 95% of US adolescents are online at least occasionally. Health care professionals and organizations that work with teens should identify online health information that is both accurate and teen friendly. Early studies indicate that some of the new health technology tools are acceptable to teens, particularly texting, computer-based psychosocial screening, and online interventions. Technology is being used to provide sexual health education, medication reminders for contraception, and information on locally available health care services. This article reviews early and emerging studies of technology use to promote teen health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-566
Number of pages8
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Chronic disease management
  • Computer-based or web-based interventions
  • Social media
  • Technology
  • Teen sexual health
  • Teens
  • Text messaging


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