Patients accessing lab test results directly- good or bad?

JAMA published a paper recently asking the question- should patients be given direct access to their test results. May not be ideal in case of radiology or pathology reports but in certain group of patients this will be very useful. In the U.K. both Renal Patient View and SCI-DC (Scottish Diabetes Database) give patients access to their test results and other info. Granted these are patients with chronic conditions in whom it works best.

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