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… as Blease and colleagues point out in their article, the cloak that effectively covers many notes will be lifted on 2 November 2020, when the 21st Century Cures Act is implemented and patients are to have ready access to their medical record, including the clinical notes. Patients often misunderstand medical jargon. Will reading notes cause them confusion and distress? Physicians are already experiencing burnout from spending hours at the end of the day completing documentation for the electronic health record. Will writing notes with the realization that the patient may be reading them be one more burden for physicians? Keep reading.