Implementing person centred approaches | The BMJ
Oliver's testimony in a 2017 edition of the BMJ about the use of his medical records is telling and patients dont only use digital records, they use hard copy carrying their copied discharge letters and outpatient letters with them between hospitals and on holidays.
Health literacy occurs in all societies as the US adult literacy survey of 2003 **and others have shown.
**Health literacy and patient safety: Help patients understand (hhvna.com)
nearly 50% of citizens in any fully educated country do not have the ability to use complicated literature and of course they take recourse to their friends, elders, neighbours and families.
Rapid Response: Implementing person centred approaches
I read with interest the recent editorial on ‘Implementing Person Centred Approaches’ (BMJ 2017;358:j4126). I must first of all clearly state that I am neither an academic nor a health professional, I am a builder. A builder
with a chronic disease (Ulcerative Colitis) that I have lived with for the last 5 or so years...
HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data
Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT gmail.com
[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): The full text of this rapid response is available at the above URL. The author concludes 'I can see access to patient data being a very powerful tool indeed in achieving patient centred care'.]