There are legal considerations for both clinicians and patients when recording health care consultations
Studies show that patients often have inaccurate recall of health care events and diagnoses.1 Concentration during a medical consultation may be “hampered by unspoken anxieties or pain, making it difficult to recall detail”.2 Audio recordings of consultations can be useful for patients and clinicians to assist memory and understanding. They have mainly been evaluated in oncology and paediatrics.3,4 Patients report that listening to their consultation recording increases knowledge and understanding of their illness, and recordings can assist with treatment decision making, increasing a sense of empowerment.5 Sharing recordings with family can facilitate support and understanding. Clinicians likewise recognise recordings’ benefits for patients and for improving the quality and efficiency of their care.6
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