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Inform Prim Care. 2012;20(1):69-74.

Parents' knowledge of and opinions about healthcare laws and technology in primary care.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics and Health Policy and Outcomes, College of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA. lathompson@peds.ufl.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Historically, parents have demonstrated poor understanding of adolescent healthcare laws. This study assessed US parents' current knowledge and opinions about technology facilitated physician-adolescent communication and applicable laws to enhance transition to adult health care.

METHODS:

A brief survey in two low-income academic paediatric clinics asked parents about their knowledge of health care and laws, and their opinions about technology facilitated contact between physicians and adolescents.

RESULTS:

Almost all parents (96.7%) have internet access at home, work or via a mobile device. Only 44.1% approved of having a physician directly contact their child about annual examinations, immunisations or to discuss issues of sexuality. Half (55.4%) were aware that adolescents could receive confidential sexuality information and treatment without parents' permission. Only one-third (32.2%) approved of a specific technology for direct communication.

CONCLUSIONS:

Parents are divided about direct physician-adolescent contact. Future plans to engage adolescents to understand their health will require parental education and involvement on the value of physician-adolescent communication.

PMID:
23336837
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