T.I.P.S. Program

The Teens Increasing Preventive Services (T.I.P.S.) program was an intervention to improve delivery of clinical preventive services, such as screening and counseling rates for risky health behaviors, including tobacco use, to adolescents at their annual health care provider visit. The program was implemented by UCSF Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in partnership with a large HMO. The program evaluation found that both screening and counseling for tobacco use, as well as other risky behaviors, increased significantly when the T.I.P.S. intervention was implemented in the primary care setting.

The T.I.P.S. program was reviewed and posted to the Research-tested Intervention Programs (RTIPS) website, managed by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health. The NCI/RTIPS site includes clinician trainings in adolescent preventive services and the later implementation of customized screening and charting forms.