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Access to records and client held records for people with mental illness: A literature review

  • Richard Laugharne (a1) and Anna Stafford (a2)
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Increasing involvement of users in health service planning has led to a movement towards patients having more information about their care. Some have advocated patients having access to their medical records and this is now a statutory right. There has been concern as to whether this is suitable in mental health. An addition or alternative to access to medical notes is a client held record which might increase the patient's feeling of autonomy while also improving communication and compliance. In studies on access most patients and staff have found this beneficial. Client held records have also been positively received in the few studies reported but more evaluation in routine practice Is needed.

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Access to records and client held records for people with mental illness: A literature review

  • Richard Laugharne (a1) and Anna Stafford (a2)
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