Confidential Care for Adolescents in the U.S. Health Care System

Source: Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews
Date Published: 2019

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This article describes the need for maintaining confidentiality for teenage minors receiving health services as an important aspect of ethical clinical practice, and provides a summary of systemic regulatory and administrative complexities involving adolescent confidentiality and the current challenges faced by health providers. It offers suggestions on how health care institutionscan make internal changes — eg, additional physician training, revision of consent forms, inclusion of useful electronic medical record features — that broaden confidentiality protection for minors.

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