Confidentiality

Why it matters

Confidential Care is Important

Providing adolescents with confidential care results in better social and health outcomes, and a lack of confidential services may lead to unintended health consequences. Adolescent patients cite confidentiality as one of the key determinants of their use of health care. However, a lack of confidential care does not delay or dissuade adolescents from engaging in high risk behaviors.

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Spark Trainings

AHI offers two Spark trainings on confidentiality. Sparks are designed for providers or staff to deliver in 15-30 minutes at staff meetings or professional development opportunities. These trainings will “spark” discussion and reflection among your multidisciplinary team. All sparks include a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator outline, and follow-up materials.

Confidentiality & Minor Consent Part 1: Laws
Confidentiality & Minor Consent Part 1: Laws

Deepen your understanding of minor consent laws, and explore best practices for providing confidential care to adolescents.

Confidentiality & Minor Consent Part 2: Best Practice
Confidentiality & Minor Consent Part 2: Best Practice

Engage your team in a discussion on how to handle the challenges of providing confidential care in your practice.

Health Center Materials

Communicating the availability of confidential services to adolescents and helps them feel more comfortable sharing sensitive health information with their provider. AHI has resources to help your health center communicate your confidentiality practices to adolescent patients and their parents.

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Sample confidentiality poster to display in exam and waiting rooms.

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Sample letter about confidentiality to give to parents at check-in.

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Sample handout about confidentiality to give to teens at check-in.

Looking for health education materials for your adolescent patients? Check out these online sources:

We Can Help!

Interested in getting your practice up to speed on providing confidential services to adolescents? We help health centers across the country increase their staff’s awareness of minor consent laws and implement clinical best practices.