The last several times I have gone to a doctor’s appointment I‘ve been either asked to bring a complete list of my medications with me or, when I get to the office, I ‘m given a two, three or even more pages form to fill out. These forms ask all kinds of medical information such as my family history, my medical history, why I’m there for this particular visit, what is bothering me today, and the level of my pain, etc.
After taking the time to fill out these forms or having already gone to the lengths of filling out the medication list that I brought with me (which, by the way, is already available to the doctor on my electronic medical record), then I am not asked to turn over these forms.
So after I’ve been seen and dismissed by the doctor, I ask,” what am I suppose to do with these forms?” It’s obvious that if I hadn’t asked what to do with them, I would go home with them. Actually, I’ve done just that more than once.
At one particular appointment I was told to turn them into the front desk. The front desk person refused to take them and told me I’m supposed to leave them with the checkout person. The checkout person told me I needed to give
them to the front desk person who’d just refused them, and this was after I‘ve
been seen and dismissed by the doctor.
This is probably not a big deal; but why are we being made, to fill out these forms if no one is interested in this information? Do you think anyone bothers to look at this afterwards or records any of this in your record? I don’t think so!
Oh, I get it. Is it just a tool to keep you occupied in the Doc’s office so that you are not thinking you’re being kept waiting too long? No, I don’t think so, because you’re usually asked to come in 15 minutes early to fill out paper work.
Now the question become; will I be brave enough to forgo this exercise the next time I am asked to do so? You know that will be the one time the doctor is actually going to look over this information. My gut tells me to just refuse and let the doctor ask what he really needs to know and you know what? That is exactly what I am going to do!