Privacy Of Health Information For Adolescents

Privacy Of Health Information For Adolescents.

If teens' desires for condition concern privacy aren't respected, their care could be compromised, a new study suggests. Teens are vigilant about revealing sensitive information to health care providers for fear of being judged, and are indisposed to talk to unfamiliar or multiple medical staff, according to researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The researchers conducted 12 convergence groups for 54 teenagers and found that keeping healthfulness care information private was their most important issue. They also found that younger teens were more apposite than older adolescents to want parental involvement In fact, some older adolescents said they might dodge a health care visit to prevent information being shared with their parents.

Among the other findings. Teens of all ages said they would not debate sensitive topics with health care providers if they thought the provider would appraiser them or "jump to conclusions". Younger teens said they did not have personal discussions with providers they didn't remember or like, or if they believed the provider did not need to know the information. Only younger adolescents said they had concerns about violations of material privacy Kids with chronic illnesses better understood and accepted the shortage to share information with health care providers.

The study was published online Nov 22, 2010 in the scrapbook Pediatrics. Doctors and other health care professionals need to choose it as easy as possible for teens to share information, and need to respect their readiness or reluctance to release information, said lead author and adolescent medicine physician Dr Maria Britto.

So "If the word isn't urgent, such as a routine health visit, providers may be better off waiting to entreat sensitive questions until they know the teen better and can get better information once they've established trust," Britto said in a sickbay news release. "If they do need information because it will impact diagnosis or treatment, then there are many things they can squire to that may make the adolescent more comfortable disclosing information".

These approaches include asking countenance to discuss sensitive issues, telling the teens why it is important for them to ask personal questions, and increasing sequestration during physical exams. "Providers should discuss with adolescents the availability of their medical information to other medical professionals to get better quality of care or operations," Britto suggested continue. "In this way, the resigned can understand and feel more comfortable with the process and be less likely to see it as a privacy violation".

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