Pediatricians of Hyde Park is committed to helping our patients make a smooth transition from pediatrics to adult health care. This process involves working with you and your children, beginning in the teenage years to prepare for the changes from a "pediatric" model of care where parents make most of the decisions to an “adult” model of care where youth take full responsibility for the decision-making. This means that we will spend time during the visit with the teen without the parent present in order to assist them in setting health priorities and supporting them in becoming more independent with their own health care.
At the age of 18, youth legally become adults. We respect that many of our young adult patients choose to continue to involve their families in health care decision. Only with the young adult’s consent will we be able to discuss any personal health information with family members. To give consent, we ask that the teen complete this form Teenage Consent and return to our office staff. If the patient has a condition that prevents him/her from making health care decisions, we encourage parents/caregivers to consider options for supported decision-making prior to your child’s 18th birthday.
We will collaborate with you and your teenage child regarding the age for transferring to an adult provider and recommend that this transfer occur by the age of 19 in most circumstances. We will assist with this transfer process by sending medical records and communicating with the adult provider about the unique needs or our patients when necessary.
The form to transfer private health records is Authorization to Release. Please be aware that there will be a fee of $30 for the copying, review, and mailing of the medical record.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.