When doctors explain privacy, teens raise more sensitive topics

Understanding confidentiality paves the way for more open discussions between adolescents and their doctors
Reuters Health

Adolescents and young adults may be more willing to talk about sensitive topics with their doctors if they’ve had a talk about confidentiality, new findings suggest.

Only about one-third of adolescents talk about confidentiality with their healthcare provider, but those who report doing so are more likely to discuss potentially sensitive issues, according to the US study in Pediatrics.