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Research Letter
January 29, 2020

Patient Ability to Interpret Dermatopathology Reports in an Academic Dermatology Practice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Associated Editor, JAMA Dermatology
JAMA Dermatol. Published online January 29, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.4195

The health care transparency movement has demonstrated that direct access to physician notes can increase patient engagement and understanding of their medical conditions, but, to our knowledge, its association with dermatology practice has not been examined.1-3 Potential concerns include patients’ ability to understand specialized vocabulary and the association with administrative burden.4

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