Journal article

Medical practitioners' competence and confidentiality decisions with a minor: An anorexia nervosa case study.

Terence Bartholomew, Tatiana Carvalho

Psychology Health & Medicine | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2007


Minors (i.e., those under 18 years of age) hold a tenuous legal position in medical settings. While recent legal authority in numerous jurisdictions affords competent minors the right to consent to medical treatment, the guidelines for assessing competence are often vague or non-existent. In addition, these changes have not adequately addressed the issue of confidentiality, and it is unclear whether general practitioners (GPs) owe a duty of confidentiality to competent minors. As medical practitioners are the first point of contact in medical settings, the present study explored GPs' competence and confidentiality determinations regarding a 16-year-old female patient who presented with sympt..

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