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Patients say records have errors

Patients allowed to view their electronic medical records concluded GPs had made a number of inaccurate entries, according to a new study.

Dr Lindsay Ward, a GP in Telford, Shropshire, and Dr Michael Innes, a clinical research fellow at the department of primary care and general practice at the University of Birmingham, interviewed 19 patients. Of these, 12 sets of notes were altered either to correct mistakes, such as coding errors or significant allergies not being detailed, or to give a more meaningful description of the problem.

Dr Ward, whose study appears in this month's British Journal of General Practice, said: 'Offered the opportunity, patients are willing to negotiate over the content of their summaries.'

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