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Medical records: Patient-held records in mental health

  • Richard Laugharne (a1) and Claire Henderson (a2)
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‘But don't they get lost?’ This is usually the first comment made when the authors mention the use of patient-held records (PHRs) to colleagues. Nevertheless, PHRs have been used in mental health care as well as several other settings, including services for diabetes, cancer, maternity and child health. In some of these services, including mental health, PHRs have been an addition to clinician held standard notes, whereas in others the patient holds the only record for their care. The main purposes of introducing PHRs have been to empower patients with a sense of ownership of their care and to improve communication, between both patients and clinicians, as well as between different clinicians involved in that person's care (Laugharne & Stafford, 1996).

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Medical records: Patient-held records in mental health

  • Richard Laugharne (a1) and Claire Henderson (a2)
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