Is your patient recording you?

An increasing number of patients are recording consultations on smart phones, but that’s not necessarily problem, US health policy experts argue in a recent JAMA paper.

While they acknowledge that patients may stand to benefit more than their doctor, they say that’s no reason to deter the practice, which is only going to become more common regardless whether the medical profession likes it or not.

The authors point out that patients’ motivation to record a consultation is nearly always “reasonable”, in that it’s simply used to improve recall and understanding of medical