How Reading Your Doctor’s Notes Can Affect Your Health

Ever wonder what your doctor is writing down during your appointment? A new study suggests that finding out can be beneficial to your health.

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Reading your doctor’s notes may lead to a better understanding of your health.

A recently published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at the effects of opening up a doctor’s notes and full medical records for patients to access online.

Of the more than 5,000 patients who viewed their doctors’ notes and completed surveys, between 77 percent and 87 percent said the open notes made them feel more in control of their care and 60 to 78 percent reported increased adherence to medications.

From the doctors’ perspective, only about 5 percent said allowing patients to access their notes lead to longer visits and just 8 percent said they had to spend extra time addressing patients’ questions outside of visits.

While the open notes system is not yet widely implemented, you may request a hard copy of your doctor’s notes at the end of each visit.

To find a doctor who’s open to increased transparency regarding your health, use the Vitals Doctor Finder.

Sources: cbc.ca and reuters.com