Consent and Confidentiality

CONSENT AND CONFIDENTIALITY – (click  to jump to specific module section)

Updated March 2020

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the health rights and implications of HIPAA on the care of adolescents- reproductive health and psychiatric care per state
  2. Describe what evaluation and treatment can be offered confidentially in your state
  3. Discuss how EMR and patient access to records affects confidentiality and adolescents accessing health care
Readings and videos

Websites and Online Resources:
  1. Guttmacher Institute, State Policies in Brief. 
  2. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, YP20 section on Confidentiality in Health care
  1. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Position Papers and Statements: Confidentiality and Ethical Issues Working with Adolescents
  2. English A, Ford C. Adolescent health, confidentiality in healthcare, and communication with parentsJournal of Pediatrics 2018; 199:11-13. 
  3. Levine SB. Adolescent consent and confidentiality. Pediatr Rev 2009;30(11):457-9.
  4. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.  Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care: AWHONN Position Statement.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. 2017; 46:899-890. 
Materials to develop educational sessions

Online Resources:

  1. ​The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law


  1. Middle Adolescent Health Screening: But All My Friends Do It
Clinical and Community Settings
  • Emergency department
  • Inpatient and outpatient settings


Learning Objectives:

  1. ​Review state-specific laws regarding mandated reporting and the procedures that ensue thereafter
Readings and Videos:
  • Websites and Online Resources
  1. Child Welfare Information Gateway. Provides searchable state-specific statutes.
Clinical and Community Settings
  • Social work
  • Child protection team
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