Adolescent Confidentiality Policy
In order to ensure our adolescent patients receive the best possible medical care, Plymouth Pediatric Associates has adopted an Adolescent Confidentiality Policy of which we would like you to be aware.
Beginning at age 13, each patient will be encouraged to meet privately with their physician or nurse practitioner for a portion of their annual checkup. We believe this privacy helps ensure that the patient provides us with complete and candid information that will assist us in caring for them.
The information discussed by an adolescent and their doctor or nurse practitioner is confidential. We will not discuss this information with anyone without the permission of the patient. While this information is considered confidential, we will always encourage our patients to be open and honest with their parents, and we will do our best to facilitate that communication.
The only time that we would break confidentiality is in the rare circumstance that we think a patient poses a risk to themselves or to another person.
This policy is consistent with Massachusetts state law regarding adolescent confidentiality, as well as the policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Research has shown that as many as 35% of middle and high school students have refrained from seeking needed health care because of concerns about privacy. Given how serious the consequences of not getting that healthcare can be, we believe it is essential for us to have this policy.
If you have questions or concerns about this policy please share them with your child’s pediatrician.