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Patient records

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A record is made when patients seek and receive care. The primary purpose of patient records is to ensure that your healthcare is documented by the staff member who administers your care.

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The records become a source of information for continued care, for example, in the treatment you receive. Patient records can also help you to take a more active role in your care.

Patient records are also important

  • if you have a complaint about your care and want an investigation to be carried out
  • because they help to monitor and develop care activities
  • because they can be used for research under certain conditions.

All staff members who are licensed healthcare professionals must write down their assessments, actions, etc. in the patient's records. Some professionals who are not licensed healthcare professionals are also required to keep records. These include, for example, some counsellors and staff members assisting licensed healthcare professionals.

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