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Ann Fam Med. 2018 Jul;16(4):343-345. doi: 10.1370/afm.2287.

Perceptions of Primary Care Notes by Patients With Mental Health Diagnoses.

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Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


There are concerns regarding whether patients with mental illness should be provided with access to their electronic medical records. This study compared perceptions of patients with (n = 400) and without (n = 2,134) a mental health diagnosis regarding access to primary care clinic notes through secure online portals. Eligible participants viewed at least 1 clinic note during a 12-month period. Administrative data were used to stratify patients by mental health diagnosis. As we hypothesized, patients with and without mental health diagnoses had similar perceptions about online access to notes.


electronic health records; mental health; patient paticipation; patient portals

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