BedsideNotes: Sharing Physicians’ Notes With Parents During Hospitalization

Physicians increasingly share ambulatory visit notes with patients to meet new federal requirements, and evidence suggests patient experiences improve without overburdening physicians. Whether sharing inpatient notes with parents of hospitalized children yields similar outcomes is unknown. In this pilot study from HIP Investigator Dr. Ryan Coller, they evaluated parent and physician perceptions of sharing notes with parents during hospitalization.

Parents of children aged under 12 years admitted to a hospitalist service were offered real-time access to their child’s admission and daily progress notes on a bedside inpatient portal (MyChart Bedside). Upon discharge, ambulatory OpenNotes survey items assessed parent and physician (attendings and interns) perceptions of note sharing. The study found that parents all valued having access to physicians’ notes during their child’s hospital stay; however, some physicians remained concerned about the potential negative consequences of sharing.

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