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“Patientgate” and other stories . . .

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2420 (Published 02 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2420

“Patientgate” was coined by Glyn Elwyn in a recent BMJ article (2014;348:g2078, doi:10.1136/bmj.g2078) that described a hypothetical case of a patient wishing to make an audio recording during a clinical consultation. The article drew lively comment, mostly supportive of such recordings. His Dartmouth team has carried out a scoping review of the literature, looking at 33 articles on the provision of recordings of consultations to patients. It shows that patients place a high value on receiving audio recordings of clinical consultations and most benefit from listening to consultation recordings (Patient Education and Counseling 2014, doi:10.1016/j.pec.2014.02.007). Minerva welcomes this as an inevitable part of the future but agrees that further investigation of the ethical, practical, and medicolegal implications of routinely providing recorded consultations is needed.

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