Transparency In Doctors’ Notes Helps Prevent Medical Malpractice Says Malpractice Insurance Broker

A new study says that patients are open to knowing what their physician has written about them in their notes.
By: Michael Kataf
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Feb. 6, 2012 - PRLog -- Would knowledge of a physician’s thoughts and diagnosis help or hinder a patient’s health?  A recent study published in the December 2011 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that patients are open to reading what a physician has written about them in their notes while there are mixed opinions among physicians as to whether or not sharing notes will benefit their patients.  

The study surveyed participating and nonparticipating primary care physicians and adult patients at primary care practices in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington to find out their attitudes toward and expectations of open visit notes in addition to gathering ideas about the potential benefits and risks having access to these notes.  Overall, 69% to 81% of participating primary care physicians across the 3 sites and 92% to 97% of patients thought open visit notes were a good idea, compared with 16% to 33% of nonparticipating primary care physicians.  

One of the concerns expressed by doctors is that their assessments would be misinterpreted, frighten their patients, or cause confusion.  This would lead to more questions and require more time for the physician to address.  However, advocates of the idea to make doctor’s notes more accessible say that it will help prevent medical malpractice and keep patients more involved and engaged in their health care.

“Having access to a physician’s notes promotes transparency and trust,” says Michael Kataf of Nexus Insurance Services, a medical malpractice insurance broker.  “It’s important for a patient to know what is being said about him/her, but it’s also just as important for the physician to translate what is being noted so that there are no misunderstandings.  Would a physician rather spend more time building a relationship with their patient or lose millions of dollars in a malpractice lawsuit?”

Currently, people do have a legal right to have access to their medical records.  The problem is that the process of getting copies can be expensive and extremely slow.  

“Steps need to be taken in order to improve the doctor/patient relationship and reduce medical malpractice, so if open notes will help, why not give it a try?  The medical community cannot keep doing the same things and expect that malpractice lawsuits will just go away,” said Kataf.

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About Nexus Insurance Services

Nexus Insurance Services is a professional insurance broker that has helped many doctors, lawyers, realtors, and business owners gain access to insurance providers for their practice or business. The company's mission is to be a firm that brings real value to clients, builds personal relationships on top of business ones, and always conducts itself with sincerity, integrity and fairness. Because of the relationships with many providers, the company is able to shop a client's application around to get the best rates. Contact Nexus Insurance for a free, no obligation quote for medical malpractice insurance, professional liability insurance, or workers compensation insurance. For more information, visit:
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