Understanding Adolesecent Confidentiality In Accessing Health Care
- As a young person you have the right to privacy and confidentiality.
- You have more mental capacity for decision making than younger children but are not yet full adults.
- It is very important for you to understand this issue and your rights.
- Confidentiality also will help to protect your rights .
What is confidentialty Confidential care means that the health care provider does not reveal any information to anyone without your permission. Why do you need to know
- It is your right to know and it will protect your rights
- To make you feel comfortable in sharing your concern
- To allow young people confidential care for personal issue that are sensitive in nature. These problems include STD/STI (link to STD), contraceptive care, pregnancy, mental health issues and substance abuse.
- To protect adolescents from humiliation and discrimination that could result from disclosure of confidential information.
- To support the adolescents’ growing sense of privacy and
- To ensure young people get the correct health information and care by profesional
What do you need to know
- What information is confidential ?
- Problems that are sensitive in nature for examples areas of reproductive health, mental health and substance abuse.
- What information is not confidential (since such information is not protected)?
- If you give consent allowing the doctor or health care personal to disclose the information
- What exceptions are there in the confidentiality requirements?
- Confidentiality can be breached when there is ethical or legal reasons.
- Any circumstances in which it is not possible or appropriate to maintain the confidentiality
- These include situations
- The adolescent poses a severe risk of harm to himself or herself or to others,
- Suspected physical or sexual abuse (link to abuse) for which there is a legal reporting requirement.
- It is your right to be informed.
- Ask your doctor or health care provider for clarification
- Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care UpToDate, 2014 (A.B. Middleman and K.A. Olson, A. English, Editor)
- Consent & Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care:A Guide for the Arizona Health Care Practitioner
- Teenage Confidentiality: A Young Person’s Right to Privacy Joe Sanders Jr. the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
- The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
|Last Reviewed||:||20 Nov 2014|
|Writer||:||Dr. Siti Aishah binti Saidin|
|Accreditor||:||Dr. Zil Failllah binti Mohd Said|