HealthDay News — Patients may be recording office visits, with or without permission, according to an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.1

After reviewing 33 studies involving audio-recorded clinical visits, Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, NH, and colleagues found that about 7 out of 10 patients listened to their own recordings. A similar number shared them with a caregiver.

In many cases, patients used the tapes to remember important details about their office visits. Patients said the recordings left them feeling more satisfied with their care.

“Health care overall is moving toward greater transparency and patient recordings are going to become more common,” Elwyn said in a Dartmouth news release. “That means there would be tremendous benefit to patient advocacy groups, health care organizations, providers and policymakers working together to develop clear guidelines and policies around the responsible, positive use of open recordings.”

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  1. Elwyn G, Barr PJ, Castaldo M. Can patients make recordings of medical encounters?: what does the law say? JAMA. 2017:318(6):513-514.