The future is already hereBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2702 (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2702
- Benjamin C Brown, primary care academic clinical fellow1,
- Amir Hannan, general practitioner2
- 1University of Manchester, Health Sciences—Primary Care, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
- 2Haughton Thornley Medical Centres, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 1JY, UK
The roundtable discussion on shared decision making cited an “asymmetry of information”—where patients cannot see written details of their treatment—as a barrier.1 One proposed solution was to provide patients with their health records on a memory stick.
In the words of author William Ford Gibson, “the future is already here,” …