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Should Patients Read The Doctor’s Notes?

Mon, 08/02/2010 - 7:38am
Pauline W. Chen, MD

Their request seemed simple enough: the patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I’d written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors’ notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it would simply be added to the others.

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