Brad Kney, MD
Kerri Mathieu, PA-C
101 Sullivan Drive
Fall River, MA 02721
As you know, adolescence is a time for parents and their children to shift gears.
With this in mind, I suggest two approaches that have proven helpful in providing medical care for teenagers:
- A doctor's exam is often more successful when the parent is not present.
This understandably may be difficult for parents, but it encourages the teenager to take
responsibility for his or her own health. Often, privacy makes it easier for teenagers to
share information with the doctor.
- Confidentiality is important. I am as concerned as you are about your teenager's healthy and safe transition from
adolescence to adulthood. It is important for you and your teenager to understand that all answers given on health questionnaires
and responses during an examination are confidential as provided by law. The intent is to encourage an honest exchange on health issues.
You will be notified, with the knowledge of the teenager, if there appears to be a danger to your teenager or to
others based on the information obtained during the exam.
At the visit, the following important issues may be discussed:
- General health
- Cigarettes, other tobacco use, alcohol, steroids, drugs
- Depression, eating disorders, aggressive or violent behavior, school problems
- Sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, birth control, pregnancy
- Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
- Any other issues of concern
I would encourage you to share this letter and discuss these issues with your teenager.
In addition, please feel free to share your concerns and questions with me in writing or in person
at the start or end of the visit. I would be happy to arrange a conference with you if you°«d like.
I am dedicated to keeping your teenager healthy and safe.