Delbanco T, Walker J, Bell S, et al., Inviting Patients to Read Their Doctors' Notes: A Quasi-experimental Study and a Look Ahead, Ann Intern Med. October 2, 2012 157(7):461-470
Electronic medical records and secure patient portals hold exciting potential for more active patient involvement in care and improved communication between patients and clinicians. These technologies facilitate a potentially disruptive innovation: Doctors can readily invite patients to read and share their visit notes and even contribute to the notes’ formulation. We conducted a quasi-experimental study, OpenNotes, in which more than 100 primary care physicians (PCPs) volunteered to invite more than 20 000 of their patients to review online the notes that the doctors wrote and signed after an office visit.
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