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Implementing a Patient's Bill of Rights with the Personal Health Organizer

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Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the effect of a personal health organizer on continuity of care and patient responsibility. Methods: In this six-month observational study, 42 medical patients were recruited by their physicians to use a health organizer. Outcomes were measured using self-administered questionnaires. Results: Ninety-one percent stated the organizer improved the availability of their medical information, made them feel more in control of their health, and helped them to understand their medical problems. Conclusion: The personal health organizer improved patients' perception of continuity of care and allowed patients to become more responsible for their health care.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Ambulatory Care Service and Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC.

Publication date: 1999-03-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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