Health Care Providers - Trigger Questions
This is a list of useful questions to use in clinical consultations with young people with chronic illnesses.
Trigger questions for health professionals assessing and managing adolescent patients with chronic illnesses:
- Trigger questions are given as examples to appropriately elicit important
information as a basis to deliver patient-centered care.
- Can you explain your condition in your words?
- Do you know other people who have the same condition?
- Who knows that you suffer from this illness?
- What do other people think of you having this illness (peers, teachers, neighbors, etc.)?
- Why do you think do you have this condition?
- What does this illness hinder you from doing (be very specific!) now and later in your
- How much time does the management of the disease take you and your parents? (consider every day tasks and routine medical care and unforeseen controls, possibly use a diary approach).
- How do you compare yourself to peers in your class/grade? Are you small? Do they have more or less breast development compared to you?
- How do you like your body? What would you like to be different?
- Has your menstrual cycle started already?
All the questions from HEADS apply here too and will give an interesting profile of psycho-social development.
- Who does what in your treatment (diary approach)? (What is your role, what the one of
- How do you approach the prescriptions, tasks?
- Do you know why you should do the specific tasks?
- How does the schedule of the tasks fit into your schedule?
- When was the last time you forgot to take/do your treatment?
- Estimate which percentage of the prescribed treatment did you perform in the last two weeks
What do you enjoy in life?
- Tell me about your friends. How many friends do you have? What are their ages?
- What do you do with your friends out of school?
- What can you do on your own? What would you like to do on your own?
Tell me about future plans. Be specific of how you plan to achieve them.
- What would help you make your life more enjoyable?
- If your pain/arthritis/condition was cured overnight, what would you spend tomorrow
- Why do you need treatment?
- What information have you found on your disease in books, the internet, on TV and
- Question to parents: What are you afraid of happening if you give the responsibility of
the care to your adolescent?