Legal Issues in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents

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Abstract

Adolescents are frequent visitors to the emergency department (ED), and many use the ED as their only source of care. They may choose to obtain treatment in the ED for the anonymity and privacy it affords and may be unaccompanied by a parent who can provide consent for treatment. The provision of sexual and reproductive health care to adolescents in the ED presents challenges to the medical provider specifically with regard to consent and confidentiality issues. This review discusses the various state and federal laws governing the provision of sexual and reproductive health care services to adolescents, including the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, contraceptive services, prenatal care, and abortion services. We review the circumstances under which an adolescent is entitled to confidential care, when parental consent for treatment may not be required, and when parental notification may be necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-65
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Reproductive Health
Hospital Emergency Service
Delivery of Health Care
Parental Notification
Reproductive Health Services
Parental Consent
Prenatal Care
Privacy
Confidentiality
Therapeutics
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Contraceptive Agents
HIV

Keywords

  • abortion
  • adolescent
  • confidentiality
  • consent
  • contraception
  • reproductive health
  • sexually transmitted infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Legal Issues in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents. / Valvano, Thomas.

In: Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 1, 03.2009, p. 60-65.

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