Adolescent patients who received an electronic health screening tool prior to their primary care checkup were more likely to their reduce risky behaviors, according to a recent study of 300 adolescents. The screening tool used in the study was designed to also provide motivational feedback directly to the teens. Those who were given the electronic screening tool were more likely to report that their doctor counseled them about their risk behaviors and more likely to reduce those behaviors three months later, according to Dr. Cari McCarty, investigator with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and a research professor at the University of Washington, who participated in the study.

More information, including a detailed Q&A with McCarty about the study, is available here, and the full report is available in JAMA.