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Why hospital charts should have a section for patients' notes

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:17am

A hospital chart is meant to be a record of the patient's stay in the hospital. Ironically, there is no space in present hospital charts for recording the patient's views at all. I feel this is a major lacuna, which can easily be corrected. All hospital should have a separate chart for patient's notes, where patients ( and their relatives, visitors and friends) can be invited to enter their comments. Not only would this help to ensure that the chart is a much more accurate record of the central player in the hospital - the patient; but it would also help to minimise errors because of poor communication between the medical team and the patient; empower patients, so they feel more in control of their hospital stay; and serve as a very useful patient-feedback tool which can allow hospitals to improve their services.

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