Rapid progress or lengthy process? Electronic personal health records in mental health

Ennis, L., Rose, D., Callard, F. , Denis, M. and Wykes, T. (2011) Rapid progress or lengthy process? Electronic personal health records in mental health. BMC Psychiatry, 11, 117. (doi: 10.1186/1471-244x-11-117) (PMID:21791069) (PMCID:PMC3163520)

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A major objective of many healthcare providers is to increase patients' participation in their own care. The introduction of electronic personal health records (ePHRs) may help to achieve this. An ePHR is an electronic database of an individual's health information, accessible to and maintained by the patient. ePHRs are very much in vogue, with an increasing number of studies reporting their potential utility as well as cost. However, the vast majority of these studies focus on general healthcare. Little attempt has been made to document the specific problems which might occur throughout the implementation of ePHRs in mental health. This review identifies such concerns through an electronic search of the literature. Several potential difficulties are highlighted and addressed, including access to information technology, identifying relevant populations and the handling of sensitive information. Special attention is paid to the concept of 'empowerment' and what this means in relation to ePHRs.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Callard, Professor Felicity
Authors: Ennis, L., Rose, D., Callard, F., Denis, M., and Wykes, T.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:BMC Psychiatry
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN (Online):1471-244X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Ennis et al.
First Published:First published in BMC Psychiatry 11: 117
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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