Your provider will keep the details of what you talk about private, or confidential. The only times when your provider cannot honor your privacy is when someone is hurting you or you are going to hurt yourself or someone else. There are state laws that require doctors to share information when there is a concern about someone possibly getting hurt.
If this happens, you and your provider will talk about how to share any information necessary to keep everybody safe.
At your next visit be sure to…
- Ask your provider about what things can be kept confidential.
- Tell your provider if some of the things you talk about can be shared with your parents.
- Ask your provider who has access to your medical records (paper and electronic) and if your records are secure.
- Discuss any privacy concerns if you communicate with your provider by e-mail or on the phone.