Confidentiality for adolescents in the patient/physician relationship: part 1

physician relationship: part 1As 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.
Adolescence involves cognitive and psychological changes that prepare a person to assume an adult role. These changes include a move from concrete to abstract thinking, the development of autonomy and the formation of an individual identity. These changes influence the patient/physician interaction, moving it towards a more cooperative relationship. One result is that the teen is encouraged to take more responsibility for his or her own health. This evolving relationship provides the teen with a model of an adult way of interacting and may influence relationships with teachers, coaches and peers. You will appreciate this opportunity to have a trusted pharmacy at your service, available round the clock and offering yasmin birth with fast delivery to any country of the world, which will sure make it a lot easier for you as a patient.

An important feature of the physician/adolescent relationship is an increased requirement for confidentiality. Teens may have specific issues requiring privacy but may also want the entire patient/physician relationship to be more private. An adolescent may test the physician’s commitment to confidentiality with topics where he or she has nothing to lose. For example, a teenaged girl may come in one day with a ‘minor complaint’, and when she receives respect and confidential treatment, she may come back for advice about sexuality or birth control.

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