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OpenNotes: A Growing Trend in Transparency

Editor’s Note: Editor’s Note: In seven years, OpenNotes has grown from a pilot program of 20,000 patients at three U.S. health systems to an international movement of more than 16.5 million patients. Last week, Engaging Patients published a post by Macda Gerard, a medical student and OpenNotes research assistant. To add a bit more context, […]


Susan Carr Susan Carr is a medical editor and writer specializing in patient safety and engagement. In addition to curating the EngagingPatients blog, she produces publications for the Betsy Lehman Center in Boston and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Susan lives and works in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

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Paths to Improved Patient Engagement

Transparency: A Powerful Approach to Fostering Trust Among Patients

The other day, I simply couldn’t convince my patient, a 56-year-old executive vice president with known heart disease and high cholesterol, to take a potentially life-saving cholesterol-lowering drug, or “statin.” He mentioned that his prior doctor, whom he trusted, warned him of the harmful and irreversible effects statins have on muscle tissue. No matter how […]


John N. Mafi, MD, MPH John N. Mafi, MD, MPH is an assistant professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where he also practices and teaches general internal medicine and primary care. He also is an affiliated adjunct natural scientist at RAND Corporation. He is interested in innovations and policies that can improve the quality and lower costs of care. In particular, he is interested in evaluating factors related to low value care as well as assessing the impact of transparency on patient engagement and the quality of care.

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