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Fisher KA, Kennedy K, Bloomstone S
Can sharing clinic notes improve communication and promote self-management? A qualitative study of patients with COPD.
The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of physicians sharing their clinical notes with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and assess the impact on patient-physician communication and patient self-management. The researchers conducted interviews with 30 patients with COPD, asking them to review their clinic notes. The participants were primarily White (93.3%) with an average age of 65.5 years; more than 50% reported having a high school degree or less, almost half reported sometimes requiring help to read medical materials, and half had challenges understanding spoken information. The study found that patients reported that having the clinic notes gave them an opportunity to learn more about their condition, and encouraged their self-management by reminding them of their action steps, serving as prompts for seeking information, and motivating them. Patients indicated positive reactions to those physician notes that implied their clinician considered them as a person, listened to them, and noticed details about them. The majority of patients reported negative reactions to incorrect information in the notes, wording that they considered disapproving, and medical terms. The study concluded that the act of providers sharing their clinical notes with their patients can serve multiple purposes, including encouraging the exchange of information and self-management, and improving the relationship between patients and providers.
Citation: Fisher KA, Kennedy K, Bloomstone S . Can sharing clinic notes improve communication and promote self-management? A qualitative study of patients with COPD. Patient Educ Couns 2022 Mar;105(3):726-33. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.06.004..
Keywords: Respiratory Conditions, Chronic Conditions, Clinician-Patient Communication, Communication, Patient Self-Management
Banzett RBB, Sheridan AR, Baker KM
'Scared to death' dyspnoea from the hospitalised patient's perspective.
The authors collected patients' descriptions of dyspnea in their own words during a parent study in which 156 hospitalized patients completed a quantitative multidimensional dyspnea questionnaire. These volunteered comments provided insights not conveyed by structured rating scales. The researchers organized these comments into the most prominent themes, which included sensory experiences, emotional responses, self-blame, and precipitating events. Patients often mentioned air hunger, anxiety, and fear. Patients' own words can help to bridge the gap of understanding.
Citation: Banzett RBB, Sheridan AR, Baker KM . 'Scared to death' dyspnoea from the hospitalised patient's perspective. BMJ Open Respir Res 2020 Mar;7(1). doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2019-000493..
Keywords: Respiratory Conditions, Clinician-Patient Communication, Communication