Open notes in cancer care: coming soon to patients
Blease C, Salmi L, DesRoches C. Open notes in cancer care: coming soon to patients, The Lancet Oncology. September 1, 2020.
COVID-19 has disrupted care for people with cancer. Postponed treatments, physical distancing, and the vulnerabilities of infection compound the stress and uncertainties already felt by patients and their carers, as they are learning to negotiate the move to telemedicine. By telephone or video, telemedicine allows patients to receive care when attending clinics is not safe, but remote consultations might not allow the same opportunities for communication. However, promising research suggests that rapid and convenient online access to electronic records, including the notes written by clinicians (so-called open notes), might help to support and empower patients.