The Herald Sun today (Tuesday Feb 21 2012) published an article about research conducted by Dr Rony Duncan and her team at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. They surveyed 86 parents about their views on confidentiality for young people and found many agreed with the need for confidentiality, but at the same time, thought they should be told why their teenagers were going to the doctor and, in many cases, what was discussed.
However, when kids are worried their parents will be told their private medical details, they simply don’t go to the doctor.
It has been well established that if teenagers think they can see a doctor in confidence, they are more likely to do so, more likely to go back for repeat visits, and more likely to disclose sensitive information, Therefore, unless it’s a life threatening situation, their need to get medical advice is more important than the parents need to know.
The full article can be found here: Teens_deserve_privacy