Is it wise to let patients read your notes?

Giving patients immediate access to doctors' medical notes following a consultation is being touted as a new standard of care following a US study.

The year-long OpenNotes study involved sending 20,000 patients a secure message following consultations with their GPs inviting them to read the doctor's notes via an online portal.

Jan Walker, from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, in Boston, US, said many doctors had been wary of the project, concerned about increased workflow and what she described as an "avalanche" of questions from patients about the information in