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Should we health professionals encourage patients with mental illness to read their medical record notes? As electronic medical records and secure online portals proliferate, patients are gaining ready access not only to laboratory findings but also to clinicians’ notes.1 Primary care patients report that reading their doctors’ notes brings many benefits including greater control over their health care, and their doctors experience surprisingly few changes in workflow. 2 While patients worry about electronic records and potential loss of privacy, they vote resoundingly for making their records more available to them and often to their families.3
Kahn MW, Bell SK, Walker J, Delbanco T. Let’s Show Patients Their Mental Health Records. JAMA. 2014;311(13):1291-1292. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1824