Make a Time Line for Taking a Great Medical Legal History

20 June 2012 / Medical History / Comments Off on Make a Time Line for Taking a Great Medical Legal History

This is really simple and works like a charm.

For claims that are several years in duration, involve derivative compensatory injuries, or serial dates of injury you need to reach for the Sharpie pen. Step aside, pull out a fresh section of exam table paper, and let the applicant get down to work. You will be amazed.

I learned this the hard way after many frustrating attempts to do a straight verbal interview under these circumstances. Most of us connect our histories to holidays, seasons of the year, birthdays, graduations, etc. A calendar on the wall doesn’t hurt either.

In fact, step outside for a few moments and let the applicant do the work for you. The time line is an excellent tool to frame the history in a complex case. This will also keep your dictation focused and moving forward when it is time to write.

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