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Commentary: Becoming a person centred practice

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h269
  1. Farhan Amin, general practitioner
  1. 1Burnett Edgar Medical Centre, Barrow in Furness, LA14 3HY, UK
  1. Farhan.amin{at}

Providing patients with access to their medical records can improve their communication with clinicians and increase their understanding of their illness. It’s therefore baffling that only 3% of people in the UK have online access to them.1 This should increase given NHS England’s pledge to give patients full access to their medical records by 2018.

The concerns Walker et al summarise about opening notes to patients2 were echoed in our practice two years ago, before we decided to offer patients full online access to their records. Concerns centred on …

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