Access to personal medical records (15)

4 June, 2021

https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j4126/rapid-responses

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'I read with interest the recent editorial on ‘Implementing Person Centred Approaches’ (BMJ 2017;358:j4126). I must first of all clearly state that I am neither an academic nor a health professional, I am a builder. A builder with a chronic disease (Ulcerative Colitis) that I have lived with for the last 5 or so years...

'I have found that access to my medical data, including test results, consultation details, diagnosis history etc. has empowered me as a patient and given me a platform for the sort of communication with my healthcare professional that Person Centred Care appears to seek to achieve....'

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HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com