Missed the write up of this study at the time.
Very interesting – providing patients with direct access to the notes made at their visit to the doctor. Would seem that, in general, patients favour this development, doctors have a number of concerns (many of these relating to concern for the patient).
I can understand a range of concerns:
- Potential misinterpretation by the patient
- Potential unnecessary stress for the patient
- Potential focus of doctors on less ‘frankness; in notes – given my be read by others (may lead to unofficial records being maintained)
However I do not see any way forward without moving to having access to doctors’ notes – in the context of individuals seeking to maintain long term health records – combining info from dentist, GP, specialists, physio, dietician, etc.
Obviously further systems investment and training required – before notes can be available more generally, in secure way. But all part of the EPR/ EMR trend.