A new study suggests that when psychotherapists publish notes of sessions online it helps to build trust with patients, who feel more involved in their care. 

Would it do irreparable damage to a sacrosanct therapeutic relationship by pushing an agenda for openness too far? Or could it move clinician–patient power dynamics towards greater partnership?

These are the questions at the heart of new research exploring the benefits of therapists sharing session notes online with patients. Led by social worker Steve O’Neill, of the Harvard Medical School Centre for Bioethics, researchers used telephone interviews and an online survey of patients to investigate the issue.

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