Don't get me wrong, it's not necessarily a bad thing when a patient types out their medical history. Sometimes it can be incredibly helpful and saves me a lot of time and effort.
But at the same time, you just get a sinking feeling when a patient hands you a detailed five-page long medical history typed in 8-point font and the first line says:
April 20, 1936: Agnes Smith was born.
That's when you walk out of the room and send the med student/nurse/medical assistant/anyone else in.ReplyDelete
Hoo boy. First time visiting here (and I've read the entire first page in one sitting, wondering where the advertised cartoons are) and I already feel depressed reading that last line -.-ReplyDelete
We've all been there I guess. My usual deflect is "Oh that's really nice of you to type it all up - but I'd like you to tell me what's wrong in your own words, so I know a little about you". Hey, that's what we were taught in med school, not because I'm lazy (well I am lazy, but that's beside the point. Cough.)
I'll be back.
This is so funny! I was JUST stalking your blog today after stalking Fizzy's! I'm also a UK medic :-)Delete
I am Cartoon and this is my guide to medicine. If you thought there would be actual cartoons here, you were misled.Delete
(That or I had a baby and I don't have time to draw anymore.)
The blog is good, but I do hope you go back to the cartoons when you are able. Maybe around retirement?Delete
In Agnes' defense, you DID tell her to start at the beginning, didn't you?ReplyDelete
I think you misunderstood what I'm upset about. I was angry that she left out the details of her conception and her medical history as a fetus. Starting with being born is 9 months too late!Delete
Good, proper Calgary-Cambridge Guide technique, after all!Delete