Correcting medical records
February 17, 2008 12:29 PM Subscribe
Can incorrect and speculative family history be corrected on my medical records?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My medical records show a family history of depression. Can I have this corrected?
I was diagnosed with pure O OCD during the last month of my first pregnancy, but I never became depressed. I experienced the symptoms for about 4-6 months after the birth of my first child. When I was referred to reproductive psychiatry, my family doctor asked if my mom or grandma had suffered from depression. I said, "Yeah, probably." When I saw the reproductive psychiatrist, she asked if my mom or grandma had suffered from depression. I said, "Yeah, I think so."
About a year later, I was injured in a car accident that the other driver took 100% fault for. I got a lawyer. My lawyer told me I needed to have my med records released, but that he would black out anything personal. I explained that I'd had this perinatal depression -- not that I had ever been depressed, but that I'd had the Pure O OCD. He said it wouldn't be a problem and that he could black anything out and that he didn't necessarily even need to release it all. When I told my GP, she was very concerned about my records getting into the hands of anyone other the medical profession. But she agreed that my credibility in the personal injury case depended on transparency. So we sent the records to the lawyer.
My lawyer now has them and says that the perinatal mental health issues cannot be blacked out and, further to that, he must release the records. But, further complicating things is the family history of depression. I never knew that I was being asked if my family members had been diagnosed with depression. In fact, it was my own speculation and it was based on my grandmother feeling very sad after moving here as a war bride and finding herself isolated and living in a very, very poor rural area with a husband who had (lovingly) misled her about his financial profile. Meanwhile, my mom had been kinda down when I went off to college and she lost her job at the same time. Even though both of them went to their doctors and talked about how they were feeling, they were never diagnosed with depression. And it was all situational.
So, I was incorrect about the family history of depression, which I didn't even realize was being recorded as family history. (And I didn't know it was being recorded as family history.) Is there anything I can do about this now?
(Sorry for the rambling post -- I'm trying to provide info to help with the anonymous question, not fixate on the situation!)
Thanks in advance.