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Access to health records: psychiatric patients and patients with diabetes compared

  • Arun Jha (a1), Morris Bernadt (a2), Ken Brown (a3), Elizabeth Sawicka (a3) and George Stein (a3)...
Abstract

This study was undertaken to assess whether psychiatric patients respond more adversely to reading their own records than non-psychiatric patients. Seventy-three psychiatric out-patients and 84 out-patients with diabetes were posted their main clinical summary with a questionnaire about it. For seven of the eight questions, more than 70% of both patient groups gave favourable ratings. However, the psychiatric patients gave significantly less favourable responses than the patients with diabetes on five of the eight questions. Fourteen of 73 (19%) psychiatric patients were upset by reading the clinical summary about themselves compared with four of 84 (5%) patients with diabetes.

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Access to health records: psychiatric patients and patients with diabetes compared

  • Arun Jha (a1), Morris Bernadt (a2), Ken Brown (a3), Elizabeth Sawicka (a3) and George Stein (a3)...
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