Do you want to receive bad news through your patient accessible electronic health record? A national survey on receiving bad news in an era of digital health


  • Hanife Rexhepi University of Skövde
  • Jonas Moll Örebro University School of Business
  • Isto Huvila Department of ALM, Uppsala University; Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University
  • Rose-Mharie Åhlfeldt School of Informatics, University of Skövde



Despite the fact that patient accessible electronic health records (PAEHRs) have been around for many years in several countries, there is a lack of research investigating patient´ preferences for receiving bad news, including through PAEHRs. Little is also known about the characteristics of the patients who prefer to receive bad news through the PAEHR in terms of e.g., medical diagnosis, age and educational level. This study, based on a national patient survey in Sweden (N=2587), investigated this. Results show that, generally, receiving bad news by reading in the PAEHR is still among the least preferred options. Additionally, a higher proportion of men want to receive bad news in the PAEHR compared to women (p=0.001) and the same goes for those who are not working/have worked in healthcare (p=0.007). An effect of disease groups was also found, showing that diabetes patients in particular want to receive bad news through the PAEHR


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