BMC Medical Ethics
(Accessed 7 Mar 2020)
A systematic review of patient access to medical records in the acute setting: practicalities, perspectives and ethical consequences
Internationally, patient access to notes is increasing. This has been driven by respect for patient autonomy, often recognised as a primary tenet of medical ethics: patients should be able to access their records to be fully engaged with their care. While research has been conducted on the impact of patient access to outpatient and primary care records and to patient portals, there is no such review looking at access to hospital medical records in real time, nor an ethical analysis of the issues involved in such a change in process.
Authors: Stephanie N. D’Costa, Isla L. Kuhn and Zoë Fritz
Content type: Research article
2 March 2020