'Expand summary care records' call

A majority of doctors think that adding more information to the summary care record (SCR) would improve clinical decision making, Connecting for Health figures suggest.

A snapshot poll conducted by the NHS IT agency found that 88 per cent of doctors believe that adding past medical history would increase their ability to make informed decisions. Only 8 per cent said that it would not.

Also 60 per cent of doctors said the record made them feel more confident in treating patients. But just 12 per cent of the 52 doctors polled could give a specific example of a patient benefiting from their use of the SCR.

A total of 63,678 patients now have online HealthSpaces.

Dr Gillian Braunold, SCR lead at Connecting for Health, said about two thirds of GPs she spoke to at a recent conference said their patients wanted an SCR. 'I think that's a major shift in where GPs are coming from.'

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