Confidential Health Services for Adolescents
JAMA. 1993 Mar 17; 269(11): 1420-1424.
This report reviews adolescents' need for confidential health services and support by physicians and organized medicine for confidential care. Examined are two major barriers to confidential medical care: the prerogative to provide informed consent for medical treatment and payment for health services. The report describes how physicians can balance parental involvement and adolescents' needs for privacy in health care decisions and strategies to allay parental concerns and help them view the need for confidentiality as a normal part of human development. Policy recommendations for confidential care for adolescents are included at the end of the report.
Abortion; Adolescents; Age Factors; Attitudes; Confidentiality; Contraception; Consent; Drug Abuse; Financial Support; Government; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Facilities; Health Services; Informed Consent; Insurance; Legal Aspects; Mandatory Programs; Medicine; Minors; Notification; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Parent Child Relationship; Parental Consent; Parental Notification; Parents; Patient Care; Physician's Role; Physicians; Privacy; Professional Organizations; Psychotherapy; Regulation; State Government;
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