Online pathology results confuse patients

Two studies highlight the risk of poor understanding and worry when patients access online results written for doctors

Many patients have a hard time deciphering online test results, leading to unnecessary anxiety, doctors warn on the back of two new studies.

Medical test results

The findings raise questions over the benefits versus risks of giving patients access to their digital pathology reports and highlight the need for test results to be written with patients in mind, they say in JAMA Dermatology.

The warnings come at a time when