Consumers are more likely to understand health issues and maintain medication schedules.
The Wall Street Journal: Access To Doctors' Notes Aids Patients' Treatment
Patients who have access to doctor's notes in their medical records are more likely to understand their health issues, recall what the doctor told them and take their medications as prescribed, according to a study published Monday (Landro, 10/1).
Kaiser Health News: For Patients, What A Difference A Note Makes
Doctors are required by federal law to provide patients with a copy of their medical notes upon request, but few patients ask and doctors generally don't make the process easy (Gold, 10/2).