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A Personalized Patient Page
Niels Okkels, B.Sc.; Niklas Alexander Worm Andersson, B.Sc.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300181
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The authors, who are medical students, are affiliated with Department of Organic Psychiatric Disorders and Emergency Ward, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov, Denmark. Mr. Andersson is also with Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association


To the Editor: A patient page is a document describing a disease in easy-to-understand, layperson’s terms. It is considered important in motivating patients and their relatives to engage in treatment (1). Patient pages are distributed widely in many areas of health care, but as Thomas Goetz (2) suggested in his recent book, their value would be greatly improved if the information was placed in the context of the patient's personal clinical data. As such, patients would arguably become more engaged in their own treatment, more motivated to take responsibility, and more satisfied with doctor-patient communication.

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