Annals of Internal Medicine
Primary care physicians (PCPs) have varied opinions about open access to doctors' notes; and most users of a personal health record (PHR) system are interested in sharing access to their information, according to 2 studies published in the December 20 issue of the .
Jan Walker, R.N., M.B.A., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues explored doctors' and patients' attitudes toward access to doctors' notes. Open visit notes were regarded as a good idea by 69 to 81% of the participating PCPs (who shared their notes), 92 to 97% of patients, and 16 to 33% of non-participating PCPs.
Compared to non-participating PCPs, participating PCPs and patients were more likely to agree on the potential benefits of open visit notes, including improved communication and patient education.
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Source: Health Day