A new study from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice takes a look at the recent increase in patients using their smartphones to audio record their doctor's visits, and what this may mean for both patients and practitioners.
According to researchers, if you are a doctor, there is a good chance at least one of your last 10 patients recorded their visit, either with or without permission. Whether or not those recordings taken without permission are illegal depends on which state you live in — researchers found some states require all parties to consent, while others have a one-party consent rule.
Researchers also reportedly found while doctors may be worried patients are sharing the recordings they take on social media, there's little evidence they are doing that. The researchers reportedly found most patients use the recordings for their own use, or share them with family members or caregivers. The studies also reported greater understanding and satisfaction in patients who receive recordings.
With more patients looking to record their clinical visits, the research team advises now is the time for doctors and health care organizations to consider the potential value of recordings and how they can be used as a benefit.
The study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
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Source: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice