Should Psychiatric Patients Be Granted Access to Their Hospital Records?
Lancet. 1986 Dec 6; 2(8519): 1322-1325.
Beginning in September 1987, the British public will have the right to consult their computerized medical records and by extension, it is expected, noncomputerized ones as well. The author analyzed the case notes of 100 consecutive patients admitted under his care to a psychiatric day hospital. He classified material likely to affect patients adversely as puzzling or unintelligible, alarming, apparently insulting or objectionable, or sensitive information from or about others. Sergeant rejects proposals to omit sensitive material, to keep secret notes, or to grant access only to some psychiatric patients or to deny access to psychiatric patients as a class. Maintaining that there is no dividing line between somatic and psychological medicine, he concludes that access to personal health data for all patients should be limited to the disclosure of bare administrative details. Further information should be supplied within the traditional medical consultation. (KIE abstract)
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A Bill to Amend Title 5, United States Code, by Adding a Section 552a to Safeguard Individual Privacy From the Misuse of Federal Records and to Provide That Individuals Be Granted Access to Records Concerning Them Which Are Maintained by Federal Agencies. H.R. 16373, 93rd Congress, 2nd Session Unknown author (United States. Congress. House, 1974-08-12)