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Let patients be custodians of their own medical records

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 25 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4774
  1. Syed Ghulam Sarwar Shah, postdoctoral research fellow
  1. Occupational Health Department, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, The Education Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK
  1. sarwar.shah{at}

I agree with Fitton that providing patients with access to their medical records helps them engage in their healthcare.1

Patients in many developing countries are the sole custodian of their medical records, which they keep mostly in paper format. In Pakistan, where I have worked, patients …

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