Category Archives: Confidentiality for adolescents
At the same time, it is important that parents not feel left out of the loop. One can ask teenagers what information they would like to have shared with their parents and bring the parents in for this discussion. One can also discuss things from the parents’ point of view -find out what their concerns are, address these without breaking confidentiality and provide them with anticipatory guidance … Continue reading
There is sometimes concern that a teen will not disclose these feelings or situations to a doctor, having been told that the doctor will not keep it private. It is impossible to know how many patients keep quiet after knowing what could be revealed. On the other hand, teens are unlikely to trust blanket promises of confidentiality. They understand that there must be some exceptions. … Continue reading
The appropriate handling of issues of confidentiality is central to building an effective relationship with the adolescent patient. The topic of confidentiality can be introduced when one starts to see the patient alone for part of the visit (often at around age 12). Most children have never heard the word, but can certainly understand the concept of confidentiality.
As health care providers for children, we interact with and give information about a child’s health to the parents or guardian of that child. As a child gets older we relate more to the child and less to the caregivers, although the latter continue to play an important role in the child’s life and are frequently present at the visit to the physician .