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Shape: Would You Want to Read Your Therapist’ Notes?

July 14, 2014 Reply
Shape: Would You Want to Read Your Therapist’ Notes?

If you’ve ever visited a therapist, you’ve likely experienced this very moment: You spill your heart out, anxiously await a response, and your doc looks down—scribbling into a notebook or tapping away at an iPad. You’re stuck: “What is he writing?!” About 700 patients at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital—part of a preliminary study at […]

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KPCC: Should Therapists Give Their Patients Access to Mental Health Notes?

July 12, 2014 Reply
KPCC: Should Therapists Give Their Patients Access to Mental Health Notes?

At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, therapists are giving mental health patients access to therapy notes and charts, something patients commonly have access to in other fields. The doctors behind the project say that opening mental health records up to patients allows for a more participatory, active, and collaborative therapy practice. Critics argue […]

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New York Times: What the Therapist Thinks About You

July 7, 2014 Reply
New York Times: What the Therapist Thinks About You

David Baldwin wasn’t sure how he had come across the other day in group therapy at the hospital, near the co-op apartment where he lives with his rescue cat, Zoey. He struggles with bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and depression. Like so many patients, he secretly wondered what his therapist thought of him. But unlike those […]

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Seattle Magazine: Personal Health Records

June 12, 2014 Reply

New tools for Seattle’s tech savvy health consumers to track their health care details “Our patients want OpenNotes, and it will help them to become involved and educated partners in their medical care,” says study coauthor Joann G. Elmore, M.D., M.P.H., and professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Harborview Medical Center. […]

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Wall Street Journal: Health-Care Providers Want Patients to Read Medical Records, Spot Errors

June 12, 2014 Reply

Health-care providers are giving patients more access to their medical records so they can help spot and correct errors and omissions. Studies show errors can occur on as many as 95% of the medication lists found in patient medical records. Errors include outdated data and omissions that many patients could readily identify, including prescription drugs […]

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Wisconsin State Journal: Health Sense: More patients able to see doctors’ notes

May 28, 2014 Reply
Wisconsin State Journal: Health Sense: More patients able to see doctors’ notes

In a classic “Seinfeld” episode, Elaine Benes learns that her medical chart says she is “difficult” because she refused to wear a paper exam gown. Her efforts to resolve the situation aggravate doctors, leaving her with an untreated rash. In the real world, where medical charts are increasingly electronic, some providers have started sharing doctor notes with patients. […]

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Dr. Tom Delbanco on The Diane Rehm Show: New Efforts to Make Doctors’ Notes Easily Accessible to Patients

May 23, 2014 Reply
Dr. Tom Delbanco on The Diane Rehm Show: New Efforts to Make Doctors’ Notes Easily Accessible to Patients

Listen to Dr. Tom Delbanco and a panel of clinicians and consumers discuss OpenNotes on the Diane Rehm Show. By law, most patients have the right to access their medical records. But obtaining them can be time-consuming and expensive. A growing number of health advocates are pushing to give patients easy electronic access to physicians’ […]

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Washington Post: Pilot at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess gives patients electronic access to therapists’ notes

May 20, 2014 Reply
Washington Post: Pilot at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess gives patients electronic access to therapists’ notes

Photo credit: (Gretchen Ertl/For The Washington Post)   For years, the woman went to a Boston hospital to talk to a therapist about being depressed and overweight. The therapist, listening closely, asked questions and jotted down notes on a memo pad. Until recently, the 54-year-old woman didn’t know what her therapist was writing. Then, last […]

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Is Sharing Mental Health Notes with Patients a Good Idea?

April 28, 2014 Reply

Would allowing patients to read their mental health notes provide more benefits than risks? In a recent article in JAMA  my colleagues and I argue that it would.  While transparent  medical records are gaining favor in primary care settings throughout the country through the OpenNotes initiative, there has been reluctance to allow patients to see what their […]

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Boston Globe: Doctors’ notes on mental health shared with patients

April 8, 2014 Reply
Boston Globe: Doctors’ notes on mental health shared with patients

Policy shift at Beth Israel Deaconess At the end of every workday, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health providers write notes describing their patients’ visits. It is where they chronicle paranoid behavior, excessive drinking, or relationship problems. These candid comments often are available to other doctors, but they are rarely shared with patients themselves. […]

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