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Empowering patients and reducing inequities: is there potential in sharing clinical notes?

Blease CR, Fernandez L, Bell SK, et al. Empowering patients and reducing inequities: is there potential in sharing clinical notes? BMJ Qual Saf. 2020;29(10):864–868. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2019-010490.

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April 15, 2020
Blease CR, Fernandez L, Bell SK, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020;29(10):864–868.

Providing patients – particularly elderly, less educated, non-white, and non-English speaking patients – with access to their medical records via ‘open notes’ can improve engagement in care; however, these demographic groups are also less likely to take advantage of these e-tools. The authors summarize the preliminary evidence and propose steps to increasing use of open note portals among disadvantaged patients.

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Blease CR, Fernandez L, Bell SK, et al. Empowering patients and reducing inequities: is there potential in sharing clinical notes? BMJ Qual Saf. 2020;29(10):864–868. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2019-010490.