Published: December 3, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
Letting people write their own medical records can help patients participate more in treatment, say scientists.
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)) in the USA. UU They discovered that patients could benefit if they are invited to co-produce medical notes, called "OurNotes", with their doctors, instead of just reading 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 clinicians, meanwhile the patient and clinician 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 remove some of the documentation from 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 a history of intervals and list what they hope to address during the visit.
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