Letting people write their own medical records can help patients participate more in treatment, say scientists.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that patients could benefit from being invited to co-produce medical notes, called "OurNotes," with their doctors, rather than just read them. According to the study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the practice can also benefit doctors by reducing the time spent on documentation.
"If executed carefully, OurNotes has the potential to reduce documentation demands on physicians, by having both the patient and the doctor focus on what is most important to the patient," said John Mafi, of UCLA .
"Piloting our notes will begin at four centers in 2018," he said. To prepare for the pilots, the researchers conducted in-depth telephone interviews with 29 health care experts.
Participants generally believed that OurNotes could promote patient participation, improve patient-centered care and patient-provider collaboration, and possibly take part in the documentation on busy providers.
The consensus was that the most promising approach for OurNotes is to contact patients before a next visit and ask them to review the previous notes, provide an interval history and list what they hope to address during the visit.
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