Clinical exemplars

5: Mental health

This guidance is for GPs and practice nurses. Its purpose is to describe how access to GP online services contributes to person-centred care for patients with mental health conditions, and to present the case for recommending online record access to these patients.

It describes how you can help patients use Patient Online to access information about their healthcare to improve their ability to understand and self-manage their condition; in particular, how patients can use access to test results and other health information to prepare for consultations, enabling them to be more engaged in their care. It also describes the specific risks that online record access may hold for patients with mental health conditions and the practice, and offers advice about how they can be addressed.

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