Who gets confidential care? Disparities in a national sample of adolescents

J Adolesc Health. 2010 Apr;46(4):393-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.09.003. Epub 2009 Nov 17.


Using the 2001-2004 Medical Expenditures Panel Survey, we examined rates of past-year adolescent time alone with a clinician by visit type, and among youths with a preventive visit, examined age, gender, and race/ethnicity differences. Youths with a preventive visit have higher rates of time alone; rates for these youths increase with age, are higher for males (42%) versus females (37%), and are lowest among Hispanics. Time alone rates are low, especially for younger females and Hispanic youths. Special efforts are needed to increase time alone in these populations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Confidentiality*
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Office Visits / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Preventive Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult