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13 November, 2021

Systematic review

Impact of providing patients access to electronic health records on quality and safety of care: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Ana Luisa Neves et al

Neves AL, et al. BMJ Qual Saf 2020;29:1019–1032. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2019-010581

[ https://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/29/12/1019 ]

'Discussion: Our analysis supports that sharing EHRs with patients is effective in reducing HbA1c levels, a major predictor of mortality in type 2 diabetes (mean decrease of −0.405, unit: %) and could improve patient safety. More studies are necessary to enhance meta-analytical power and assess the impact in other domains of care.'

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