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Confidential Health Care for Adolescents
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2004 (C. Ford, A. English, G. Sigman, and the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law)
This paper outlines positions regarding confidentiality in the delivery of health services to adolescents on the basis of standards of clinical practice, research findings, principles of ethics, and law.  SAHM maintains that confidentiality protection is an essential component of health care for adolescents.
Adolescent Health Care, Confidentiality
American Academy of Family Physicians, 2013
This policy statement outlines privacy and confidentiality recommendations for family physicians caring for adolescents.
Teenage Confidentiality: A Young Person’s Right to Privacy, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013
Federal and state statutes legislating a minor’s right to medical confidentiality are often vague,  allowing doctors to use their discretion regarding confidential care for adolescents and when it is necessary to disclose information.
Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
American Psychological Association, 2010
This code of conduct states that psychologists must take reasonable precautions to protect confidential information obtained through or stored in any medium.  It outlines components of maintaining confidentiality for clients and patients and the use of confidential information.
Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nursing, 2009
This policy statement outlines the ways in which nurses should ensure adolescents’ rights to confidential health care services. Nurses should provide confidential services as appropriate and promote policies in health care settings that also protect this right. Nurses should also be well-versed in laws and institutional policies related to adolescent confidentiality.
Health Care Reform and Adolescents: An Agenda for the Lifespan
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2009 (A. English, J. Park, M. Shafer, R.E. Kreipe, and L.J. D’Angelo)
In this position paper, SAHM outlines the ways in which the specific needs of adolescents must be addressed to achieve health care reforms that are meaningful for all. Many aspects of health care reform that are needed for adults and for younger children will also help adolescents. However, adolescents require special attention and services to promote healthy development and a safe transition to adulthood. (See section on protecting the confidentiality of adolescents’ health care communications and records.)
Policy Compendium on Confidential Health Services for Adolescents, Second Edition
Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, 2005
This Compendium contains excerpts from the official policies of 20 professional medical and health care organizations whose members are involved in the care of adolescents. The Compendium includes material drawn from organizational position statements; resolutions; position or policy papers; comments submitted in response to proposed regulations; testimony or letters submitted to Congress or the Administration; codes or principles of ethics; and other formal organizational practice guidelines. 
Access to Health Care for Adolescents
Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, 2004 (M.C. Morreale, C.J. Kapphahn, A.B. Elster, L. Juszczak, J.D. Klein, and members of SAHM’s Advocacy Committee)
Drawing from recommendations in other policy statements and position papers previously endorsed by SAHM and other recently published literature, this position paper outlines a range of policies and programs that should be implemented to ensure that all adolescents have access to high quality, comprehensive health care. (See section on Confidentiality).
Standards for the Practice of Social Work with Adolescents
National Association of Social Workers, 1993
These standards for practice include the need for social workers to maintain confidentiality in their relationships with youths and of the information obtained within that relationship. The document also includes the interpretation of this standard for practice.

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