Brief report: impact of classroom presentations about health and help-seeking on rural Australian adolescents' intentions to consult health care professionals
Building Bridges-GP-Team (Building Bridges-Team; Wilson et al., 2004c) is a variation of the Building Bridges to General Practice: GPs in Schools program (Building Bridges-GP; Wilson et al., 2004a), which promotes consultation with health care professionals who are local and available for rural and regional adolescent’ consultation. The first major component of Building Bridges-GP-Team involves structured health professional training that provides knowledge in three basic areas: (1) adolescents’ help seeking barriers and ways to address barriers in primary health care; (2) developmental issues relevant to adolescent’ help seeking; and (3) classroom management, presentation strategies, and elementary teaching skills. Training is based on a Participant Manual which specifies each of these knowledge sets in more detail (Wilson et al., 2004b). The second major component of Building Bridges-GP-Team involves GP-led Teams of health professionals (GP plus one other accessible health professional) going into schools and presenting a structured lesson plan that is also outlined in the Participant Manual. The current paper is from a series presenting the results of a larger multi-cite Building Bridges research project developed and led by the second author. The current paper examines whether Building Bridges-GP-Team was able to increase intentions to consult a local health professional while reducing perceived barriers to seeking health care in a sample of rural and regional adolescents.