A recently published “quasi-experimental” study (Ann Intern Med 2012;157:461-470), examined the effect of allowing patients open electronic access to the visit notes of their primary care physicians (PCPs).

The study, which involved 105 PCPs and 13,564 patients, found that patients accessed visit notes frequently, with a large majority reporting clinically relevant benefits and minimal concerns.

Doctors reported experiencing no more than a modest effect on their work lives. The authors concluded that open notes seem worthy of widespread adoption. In their paper, the investigators noted that PCPs who declined to participate in the study expressed considerable worries about disruption of workflow and many predicted that allowing patients to read visit notes would confuse or worry their patients.

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