Practice tip of the week: Confidentiality and consent considerations when treating minors


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In a May 2021 story on confidentiality and consent when treating minors, Rachel V. Rose writes the following:

“In the majority of treatment and disclosure of protected health information (PHI) scenarios, parents or legal guardians are entitled to provide informed consent for the treatment of the minor and may request the minor’s medical records. From both a legal and an ethical standpoint, informed consent is fundamental to medical treatment because of the value placed on a patient’s autonomy.”

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