A new study has found that cancer patients who are given full access to their medical records feel a greater sense of satisfaction about their treatment.
Offering comprehensive and accurate medical information built trust between patient and doctor, according to researchers from France.
The patients received either “on request information” or an organized medical record (OMR) — a briefcase full of detailed information about their condition and treatment. That information included reports on everything from surgery to radiology and pathology results, along with nurse narratives and treatment observations. Along with the OMR, they were given guides on medical terms and how to understand the material, as well as help from medical staff to decipher the various documents.
Ninety-eight percent of the patients who were offered an OMR chose to take it.
Patients who received on-request information were only provided with information and medical records if they asked for them or their doctor offered them.
Similar anxiety levels and quality-of-life scores were reported in the two groups.
But, patients with OMRs were 1.68 times more likely to be satisfied with their medical information and were 1.86 times more likely to feel fully informed, the study authors noted.
The study was published online May 23 in the journal Cancer.
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