For Patients, What A Difference A Note Makes

Doctors are required by federal law to provide patients with a copy of their medical notes upon request, but few patients ask and doctors generally don’t make the process easy.

When patients were offered online access, however, 90 percent read their doctors’ notes with some impressive results. A study published in the most recent issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine found that 60 to 78 percent of patients who read their visit notes reported that they were more likely to take their medications as prescribed. And their doctors reported that sharing their notes actually strengthened relationships with patients.

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Source: Kaiser Health News