Adolescents and informed consent: ethical and legal issues

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University of Wisconsin Medical School - Milwaukee Clinical Campus, Aurora UW Midwifery Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center


The right of adolescents to consent to various types of healthcare vary widely from state to state. Nurses have a responsibility to be aware of the issues surrounding adolescent consent and to know what state statutes guide the healthcare provider. This article describes the issues surrounding adolescent consents, including contraception, abortion, prenatal care, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, confidentiality, and paternity among other topics.

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