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Letters Supporting patients

The future is already here

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2702
  1. Benjamin C Brown, primary care academic clinical fellow1,
  2. Amir Hannan, general practitioner2
  1. 1University of Manchester, Health Sciences—Primary Care, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  2. 2Haughton Thornley Medical Centres, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 1JY, UK
  1. benjamin.brown{at}

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,” …

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