Adolescent health in Tower Hamlets

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Summary of report content

In 2018 and 2019, Healthwatch Tower Hamlets engaged with 346 adolescents aged between 14 to 18. They used multiple engagement opportunities to achieve this, such as conducting surveys, interviews and workshops, and using targeted outreach events. They looked at adolescents' attitudes to health and their experiences of primary care, secondary care, mental health, and hospital services.

They found that peer pressure can be an influencing factor on their dietary choices, as well as the cost of food. Half of respondents said they ate fast food at least once a week, and only a minority were actively taking steps to improve their diet. Adolescents were likely to use a GP as their first port of call to most of their health-related issues. Most young people spoke to their friends about their mental health and well-being, however about a third said they had never discussed it with anyone. Opinions were mixed for hospital services, which is similar to the general population.

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General details

Report title 
Adolescent health in Tower Hamlets
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Tower Hamlets
Date of publication 
Friday, 31 May, 2019
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 22 January, 2018
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 18 February, 2019
Type of report 
Key themes 
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Building and facilities
Communication between staff and patients
Health promotion
Health protection
Holistic support
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Public involvement
Quality of care
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff attitudes
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Not known
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Secondary care services 
General surgery
Mental health services 
Community mental health team (CMHT)

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Specific ethnicity if known 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.