As patients become adolescents, they take more responsibility for themselves and for their own health care. We want both patients and their parents to understand this increased independent role of the adolescent, and that our primary concern and responsibility is for them and for their needs. We encourage our adolescent and young adult patients to speak with us directly, and to feel free to discuss with us any concerns that they may have about their health.
On some occasions, there will be issues, such as sexuality and substance abuse issues, that our patients discuss with us that will be kept confidential. We encourage this type of honest discussion, and it is our policy to keep this type of information confidential, with the exception of issues that might be life-threatening.