July 14, 2013
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Have you ever had parents bring their teenage daughter into the ED to be checked out? So, how do you approach this? There are conflicting imperatives. Some are possibly your personal feelings if you are a parent yourself. Then there is your duty as a physician to provide the best care to the patient, the adolescent female. But also, there are the state laws and regulations that apply to this situation, especially if the patient is refusing an evaluation. The issues of sexual activity and parental authority are controversial and potentially divisive issues in society.