frequently asked questions
why do you interview the patient alone?
After speaking with the teen and parent/guardian together, our specialist will ask to speak with the teen alone. This is done for many reasons. First, we know that talking to teens without a parent or guardian in the room gives them a chance to ask questions or give information they may feel self-conscious about. Teens may have questions or concerns that they feel embarassed to talk about in front of their parent or guardian. It is important to give them enough freedom to grow but not so much that they get involved in the wrong activities.
While many teens do not engage in high risk behaviors, they may still be exposed. Surveys of high school students in Ohio report that 42.7 percent have had sex, 35.7 percent have tried marijuana, and 17.4 percent have ridden with a driver who has been drinking. Our goal is to help identify these problems before they become too big and to help prevent them. To do this we must give them a reason to trust us by keeping their visit confidential. Ohio state law requires that some services are offered to teens privately. We always encourage the teen to discuss important issues with parents.
It is important to know that if teens are doing anything to hurt themselves or others, or someone is hurting them, we will be required to break confidentiality.
The staff is always available to answer questions. The adolescent medicine clinic staff wants to work with you to help teens and young adults make the best choices for helathy future. If a parent/ guardian would also like to speak to their specialist alone, please just let us know.
what is confidentiality?
Confidentiality is an ethical principle that a physician may not reveal any information discussed in the course of medical care, unless the patient who disclosed that information poses a threat to themselves or others, or has been harmed by someone else. We respect the privacy and confidentiality of our patients, while ensuring that young people are safe and connected to the appropriate services and resources they need. as a matter of practice, our providers encourage open communication between teens and parents.
do you do counseling?
We do not provice counseling sessions. Our evaluations involve a lot of communication and problem-specific behavior modification advice but it does not take the place of the need for counseling. If recommended as part of the care plan, your specialist may refer you for further counseling in your community.