The Case Against Showing Patients Their Records
Ross, Alexander P.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1986 Mar 1; 292(6520): 578.
The author, a British consultant surgeon, expresses his reservations about patients' having access to their medical records. The nature of communication between doctors may change if it is known that patients will see the material; potentially helpful yet tentative diagnoses may be excluded while other information is watered down. Physicians will have additional, perhaps burdensome, demands placed on them to explain the records--including parts written by deceased or otherwise unavailable doctors, medical students, or nonphysicians. Persons other than patients may see the records, further complicating the issue. Ross asserts that, while patients do have the right to see records, full access could be more harmful than beneficial to patients and could be fraught with problems for physicians. (KIE abstract)
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