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.
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.
Deepen your understanding of minor consent laws for your state.
Explore best practices for providing confidential care to adolescents.
Communicating the availability of confidential services to adolescents 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.
Sample health rights for teens poster to display in exam and waiting rooms.
Sample handout about confidentiality to give to teens at check-in.
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.