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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.
 
 
TSJAFOtsjafo on February 26th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Because of wrist injuries I am unable to hand-write anymore. This comes in handy (as it were) when trying to determine the actual importance of paperwork. Many is the time a desk jockey forked over a 12 inch stack of paper with a bored "here, fill these out." At that point I'd raise my hands and inform them they would have to fill them out as I couldn't write. Invariably they would just one or two pages from the stack while saying something along the lines of "well, we really don't need those anyway."

I understand why folks want to keep things updated, I keep a dated list of all my meds and dosages, doctors, emergency contacts, etc. to hand over to my doctor (and several copies I always carry with me) at every visit because that changes and they need to know, but it doesn't change one whit the feeling I get that they haven't bothered to read what they have already.