Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Clinical Notes Made Available for Patients to See

If you had access to your clinical notes, would you want to view them?

Harvard Medical School researchers came up with the idea to have the notes available for patients to read as an experiment. In 2009, the OpenNotes launched at Geisinger Health System in rural Pennsylvania, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Results of the survey was published in Annals of Internal Medicine in December 2011.

Overall, 92% to 97% of participating patients and 69% to 81% of participating physicians thought it was a good idea to open the clinical notes for patients to see.

Some physicians worried that the notes would be too difficult for patients to understand. Some also thought that they would alter what they wrote if they knew that their patient would be reading it.

Most patients loved the idea of having their notes available to see, and it made them feel more involved and in control of their care.

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

Source: American Medical News

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