Fear should not be a barrier to obtaining health care. Open communication is strongly encouraged between parents and teens. Having said that, we are able to provide a confidential relationship between physician and patient all the way down to our youngest patients. At the beginning of any new adolescent visit, we will review our policy of confidentiality with both the parents and the teen so that all parties involved are aware of the nature of this agreement.

Hopefully, this will allow the teen to feel safe and to be honest with the information they share. Adolescents should know that ALL information exchanged during the visit is legally confidential, with two specific exceptions: if a patient is in danger of hurting herself or another, or in situations of physical or sexual assault to a minor.

If you have any questions regarding confidentiality, please do not hesitate to ask as all our physicians are here to provide you with the most comfortable and productive healthcare possible.