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24 February 2010 @ 11:28 am
Why is it . . .  
That every time you go to the doctor, they give you a brand-new patient information form to fill out, rather than giving you a printout or copy of the previous one with instructions to make any changes necessary?

Actually, I suspect the reason is that most people, if given a copy and told to make changes, would not read carefully. But it's still annoying.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on February 25th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
At my work, we hand out new emergency contact/any allergies?/address/any meds? forms every year to our families. Among other things, this way we have a form with only a single date on it, and there's no question about how recently it was filled out. If we had families writing over it, there might be questions about when the form was actually filled out last, along with legibility issues with scratching things out and adding new info.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 25th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks for the explanation.