Attitudes of Physicians to Recording Clinical Encounters: Responses to an Online Survey

  • Abhyudaya Joshi
  • Maria Farberov
  • Seleshi Demissie
  • Marianne C. Smith
  • Glyn Elwyn
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Recording clinical encounters between a patient and a physician is an idea that has received a lot of attention recently. Arguments in favor focus on the benefits that patients report,1 yet there is no consensus on how such recordings should be managed, with most healthcare institutions having no policy on it.2 A cross-sectional survey in the USA showed that 50% of physicians and 66% of the public were interested in recording, while 28% of physicians and 19% of the public were already recording clinical encounters.2 The main patient motivation for recording was reported as a means to enhance recall and understanding of information imparted during visits.2, 3 Unfortunately, while anecdotal reactions of healthcare professionals are typically one of hesitation, little is empirically known about the attitudes of physicians towards recordings. To address this topic, we conducted a survey among physicians working at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City.




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Dr. Glyn Elwyn has disclosures outside the work submitted (see separate form). Other authors have no conflict of interest to disclose.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineStaten Island University HospitalStaten IslandUSA
  2. 2.HickoryUSA
  3. 3.The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical PracticeDartmouth CollegeLebanonUSA

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