Confidential care ‘rare’ in teens with diabetes

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes rarely see their endocrinologist without a parent present, finds a Melbourne study that raises a number of conflicts about confidential care in this setting.

The survey of 137 parents of adolescents with type 1 diabetes revealed that contrary to current guidelines, only 13% of patients who were aged between 12 and 21 years had been seen alone by their endocrinologist.

This figure was significantly lower than other adolescent medicine services within the same hospital and was