Consent & Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care

Program description

Adolescent consent and confidentiality is an area of concern in the delivery of health care to this patient population. Lack of information in this area is a barrier to optimal health care. Studies have shown that many physicians and other clinicians who deal with these issues on a daily basis are unsure of the management guidelines established for confidential care for adolescents.

The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics-Arizona Chapter (AzAAP) have partnered to create a guide and toolkit, reflecting current methodologies in adolescent health care and engaging adolescents and parents in decision-making.

This course will provide an overview of consent and confidentiality issues in adolescent healthcare, and is part of the launch event of the newly revised Consent & Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care: A Guide for Arizona Health Care Practitioners.

This online CME activity is the result of a recording of a live event on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center.


  • Pamela S. Murphy, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Mendy's Place Children's Emergency Center, HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center
  • Karla L. Birkholz, MD, Chair, Adolescent Subcommittee, Arizona Medical Association's Committee on Maternal and Child Health Care
  • Veenod L. Chulani, MD, MSED, FSAHM, CEDS, Section Chief, Adolescent Medicine, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Target audience

This course is designed to educate all primary care practitioners and specialists who routinely care for adolescents, regarding the federal law and Arizona legal statutes that pertain to consent and confidentiality issues for this population.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  1. Discuss the issues of consent and confidentiality as barriers to care of the adolescent patient.
  2. Describe the legal aspects of adolescent consent and confidentiality.
  3. Combine State Statutes and Federal Regulations with ethical principles to choose the best course of action in selected patient care scenarios.
  4. Identify appropriate changes to their EMR to maintain the confidentiality needs related to minor adolescents and comply with the requirements of state and federal laws.

Accreditation, disclosure and credit

Acknowledgment: This CME event is not supported by any commercial entity.

Disclosure: All speakers and members of the planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) through the joint providership of HonorHealth and ArMA. HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: HonorHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 01/10/2019
Review Date: 06/21/2020
Expiration Date: 03/22/2021


This activity will take approximately 1 hour to complete. To receive credit, participants are required to complete the pretest, view the online activity and complete the posttest and evaluation. A transcript is available upon request by contacting the HonorHealth CME Office (

System requirements: Internet Explorer 9 or later; Mozilla Firefox 10 or later; Google Chrome 16 or later; or Safari 5.1 or later.

  1. Complete the pre-test
  2. View the recording
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form