GPs back routine taping of consultations

GPs broadly support the idea of recording consultations to form a database to be used by the profession and the public, research shows.

Routine recording of GP consultations could improve healthcare (Photograph: SPL)
Routine recording of GP consultations could improve healthcare (Photograph: SPL)

A study, published in Patient Education and Counselling, found that GPs and patients support the routine audio recording of consultations for training and research purposes, as long as necessary safeguards are in place.

The researchers said recording of GPs’ interactions with patients could, in the long-term, help to provide consistency in diagnoses, referrals and prescriptions across GP practices. But they also said GPs and the public want the appropriate safeguards put in place to address data governance, user protection and identity safeguarding.

The study concluded: ‘All stakeholder groups were in favour of the routine recording on GP consultations for research purposes and believed that such data could improve healthcare.

‘However, safeguards needed to be in place which protected ownership and use of the data, identity of, and inconvenience to, participants.’

Earlier this year, medico-legal experts warned that GPs cannot prevent patients from recording consultations and posting them on the wesbites such as YouTube.

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