Mafi J, Gerard M, Chimowitz H, et al., Patients Contributing to Their Doctors' Notes: Insights From Expert Interviews, Ann Intern Med. Nov 2017. doi: 10.7326/M17-0583
In a rapidly expanding practice directed toward improved communication, patient engagement, and patient safety, clinicians are increasingly inviting patients to read office visit notes on secure electronic portals. Reports from doctors and patients participating in a pilot study are strongly positive (1). However, although patient-reported outcomes indicate that reading notes is valuable, it is primarily a passive activity. As a next step, inviting patients and their families to contribute to their notes may further patient engagement and offload work from beleaguered doctors.
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