Privacy Of Health Information For Adolescents – Part 2 of 3
The study was published online Nov 22, 2010 in the journal Pediatrics. Doctors and other health care professionals need to require it as easy as possible for teens to share information, and need to respect their readiness or reluctance to disclose information, said lead author and adolescent medicine physician Dr Maria Britto.
So “If the communication isn’t urgent, such as a routine health visit, providers may be better off waiting to ask sensitive questions until they know the teen better and can get better information once they’ve established trust,” Britto said in a health centre news release. “If they do need information because it will impact diagnosis or treatment, then there are many things they can attend to that may make the adolescent more comfortable disclosing information”.