Access To Mental Health Records Too Restrictive
New evidence suggests some hospitals are in need of a tweak to their patient’s confidentiality policy. Though it is entirely understandable that certain elements of mental health records, such as a therapist’s notes on the fears and fantasies of a patient, should be kept private, even from other doctors, a study showed that a patient is significantly less likely to be readmitted when mental health records are shared.
As Maia Szalavitz reports for Time, it can often take months for a physician to gain access to a patient’s mental health records, if they are given access at all. That can be a huge detriment to effective treatment, as you can imagine.
When you think about it, all medical records could be considered embarrassing or of a delicate nature, but I think most of us would prefer to share some embarrassing information with a professional in order to receive the best care possible.