Adolescents' interpretations of conditional confidentiality assurances

J Adolesc Health. 2001 Sep;29(3):156-9. doi: 10.1016/s1054-139x(01)00251-8.


Purpose: To improve physicians' discussions of confidentiality policies with adolescent patients.

Method: Fifty-three students completed private semistructured interviews designed to explore adolescents' interpretations of a statement explaining both the protections and limitations of confidentiality.

Results: Results suggest strategies for explaining conditional confidentiality in a way adolescents' understand and trust.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Medicine*
  • Confidentiality* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • United States