Medblrs! It’s been a loooong time since we did a doctorly handwriting challenge. So let’s try it again:
1. Copy the paragraph below in your own handwriting using whatever abbreviations you choose.
2. Write a sample prescription for the drug of your choosing.
3. Sign your real or blog name at the bottom.
4. Post it with the tag #Medblr Handwriting Challenge so everyone can see your handiwork.
63 year old African American male presents to the emergency department complaining of chest pain. He describes the pain as “crushing pressure” that is a 9/10 in severity, associated with sweating, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath. The pain radiates to the left jaw. It started 45 minutes ago while having sex. He denies any history of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, or diabetes. He has a 65 pack-year smoking history. He states that he has not seen a doctor in 7 years.
JL - I’d say that’s pretty much how every consult note reads.
This is a enigma that has sat in my brain ever since i was the responsible for taking myself to the doctor. What is up with doctor handwritting? Are those predestined to be doctors just born with horrible handwritting? Is this something they just acquire through life? Or do they get this unreadable handwritting while in med school? Sometimes I get worried when the pharmacist have to form a huddle to decipher some doctors handwriting. -illegallyawesome
Those who have bad handwriting come from two schools: Those who were born that way and can’t help it, and those who are capable of legible penmanship and just got lazy.
Several things affect our penmanship:
1. Time. We’re always in a rush to get to the next patient.
2. Repetition. When you have to sign your name 100 times a day, you abbreviate it as much as possible until it eventually becomes your distinctive squiggle.
Um, thanks. I could give a sample of good handwriting (i.e., not rushed), but that would require more work than I currently feel like doing, so…