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Study: Docs Balk at Turning over Notes

Thursday, 22 December 2011 01:24 PM EST

Ever want to get a glimpse at what your doctor is writing about you? Most patients say yes, but most doctors say it’ll lead to confusion and worry, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

For the yearlong ‘Open Notes Project,’ about 38,000 primary care patients in three states were surveyed about viewing their doctor’s notes about them. Researchers also queried nearly 200 physicians.

Initial findings indicate that over 90 percent of patients wanted to see the notes, saying it would help them feel more in control of their own health and be better prepared for doctor’s visits.

Doctors, on the other hand, believed the information would unnecessarily worry patients or provoke more questions between office visits.

Legally, patients are allowed to see their medical records, including doctor’s notes, but easy access has been an issue. There is no set rate for photocopying, so doctor’s offices can charge whatever they like, and it can take months before the records are available after requested. The move toward electronic records is expected to ease some of this burden.

© HealthDay

Most patients want to see doctor's notes about them, but doctors say it’ll lead to confusion and worry, a new study reveals.
Thursday, 22 December 2011 01:24 PM
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