Coordination helps adolescents keep behavioral health appointments

Pediatricians have better luck getting adolescents to show up for behavioral health appointments when they provide a nudge or two, a new study shows. Setting appointments and making referrals electronically improved the percentage of time patients kept appointments, but adding care coordination—provided by social work students—helped even more. The program improved the rate that adolescents showed up for a first appointment from 51 percent to 78 percent.