In a journal edi­to­rial accom­pa­nying the study, Michael Melt­sner, a patient in the study, said he had never thought about the option of seeing notes.

Now, “I would find it hard to go to a pri­mary care provider who didn’t share his or her notes,” he said.

Melt­sner, a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity School of Law in Boston, recalled the treat­ment given his ter­mi­nally ill father, who was told little to nothing about his con­di­tion. “Not only does Open­Notes tend to level the playing field, it makes patients joint ven­turers in treat­ment, pre­ven­tion and com­pli­ance with instruc­tions,” he said.

Reviewing your doctor’s notes helps a patient become an active par­tic­i­pant, says Melt­sner. “Pas­sivity robs patients of a wide range of steps that they, and only they, can take toward improved well-​​being,” he wrote.

 

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