“By 2015, all patients are expected to be able to order prescriptions and book appointments online, as well as being able to access their own GP-held records. This will undoubtedly hold benefits for patients and health professionals, but is likely to present significant challenges for nurses in terms of managing patient expectation and ensuring fair access.”
The article explains that increasing patient access can improve transparency, thereby improving patient and health professional relationships. However, it does carry potential risks, such as patients misunderstanding information written about them or taking offence to judgements recorded in their notes.
What do you think?
- Do you support increased access to patient records?
- Would you alter what you write if you knew patients could read it?
- In what situations would it be detrimental to care for patients to see their medical notes?