Patients' Access to Their Psychiatric Records-A Comparison of Four Countries

Annika Bärkas*, Maria Hägglund, Jonas Moll, Asa Cajander, Hanife Rexhepi, Iiris Hörhammer, Charlotte Blease, Isabella Scandurra

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Several Nordic and Baltic countries are forerunners in the digitalization of patient ehealth services and have since long implemented psychiatric records as parts of the ehealth services. There are country-specific differences in what clinical information is offered to patients concerning their online patient accessible psychiatric records. This study explores national differences in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Estonia in patient access to their psychiatric records. Data was collected through a socio-technical data collection template developed during a workshop series and then analyzed in a cross-country comparison focusing on items related to psychiatry records online. The results show that psychiatric records online are offered to patients in all four countries, and provide the same functionality and similar psychiatry information. Overall, the conclusion is that experiences of various functionalities should be scrutinized to promote transparency of psychiatric records as part of the national eHealth services to increase equality of care and patient empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges of Trustable AI and Added-Value on Health - Proceedings of MIE 2022
EditorsBrigitte Seroussi, Patrick Weber, Ferdinand Dhombres, Cyril Grouin, Jan-David Liebe, Jan-David Liebe, Jan-David Liebe, Sylvia Pelayo, Andrea Pinna, Bastien Rance, Bastien Rance, Lucia Sacchi, Adrien Ugon, Adrien Ugon, Arriel Benis, Parisis Gallos
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-64368-284-6
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventMedical Informatics Europe Conference - Nice, France
Duration: 27 May 202230 May 2022
Conference number: 32

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
PublisherIOS PRESS
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


ConferenceMedical Informatics Europe Conference
Abbreviated titleMIE


  • mental health
  • open notes
  • patient accessible electronic health record
  • psychiatric notes
  • psychiatric record
  • psychiatry


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