Letting patients read the doctor’s notes


For over 15 years, Americans have had the right to read and even amend their own medical records. ┬áBut very few patients are aware of this and even fewer exercise this right. ┬áDespite physicians’ long-standing fears that such disclosure might lead to undesirable treatment-seeking behavior, a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows the opposite: better compliance when patients feel more empowered.