Blumenthal D, Abrams M. Ready or Not, We Live in an Age of Health Information Transparency, Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 28 May 2019] doi: 10.7326/M19-1366
A new study from the OpenNotes project (1) suggests that giving patients access to their physicians’ visit notes may improve their understanding of and comfort with their medications, as well as adherence to medication regimens. As the authors point out, ensuring adherence, especially for patients with chronic illness, can significantly enhance outcomes of care. Based on a 2017 survey of patients using OpenNotes at 3 medical centers, the research confirms and expands on previous evidence (2) indicating that providing patients with visit notes increases health understanding, improves relationships with providers, and enhances medication adherence (3).
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