Should Doctors Allow Patients to Read Their Notes?

Should Doctors Allow Patients to Read Their Notes?

Something that has been somewhat taboo for years, allowing patients to read their notes is something that more and more physicians are saying, "Yes," to.

Sometimes, a patient's ailments or conditions hinder their ability to understand or remember what was discussed during their appointment with their doctor. This can lead to patients that are unable to abide by the advised after-care of their physician and cause greater problems down the road.

On the downside, some physicians think that allowing patients to read their notes may cause an increase to their workload or overwhelm the patient with things they may not understand and cause unnecessary panic.

How do you feel about letting patients have access to your notes? Is it empowering or can it cause more harm than good?

Read more on this issue at Modern Healthcare.

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