• The Art of the Chart: Documenting the Timeline

    15 days ago - By THCB

    By HANS DUVEFELT
    The timeline of a patient's symptoms is often crucial in making a correct diagnosis. Similarly, the timeline of our own clinical decisions is necessary to document and review when following a patient through their treatment.
    In the old paper charts, particularly when they were handwritten, office notes, phone calls, refills and many other things were displayed in the order they happened. This made following the treatment of a case effortless, for example:
    3/1 OFFICE VISIT: ?UTI (where ciprofloxacin was prescribed and culture sent off) 3/3 Clinical note that the culture...
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