Blease C, O'Neill S, Walker J, et al. Sharing notes with mental health patients: balancing risks with respect. The Lancet Psychiatry. February 11, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/S2215-0366(20)30032-8
In the past decade, health institutions in over ten countries—including Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the USA—have begun to provide patients with access to their clinical records via secure online portals. So far, however, few health organizations have chosen to share clinical notes written by mental health professionals. Clinicians, especially those working in psychiatric settings, remain concerned that patients could become anxious, confused, or offended by what they read, and that sharing notes will create an extra work burden for mental health professionals.
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