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How To Simplify These Visuals For Time-pressed Doctors

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by ChennaiExpress, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. ChennaiExpress

    ChennaiExpress Platinum IL'ite

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    I am posting some visuals I show when my Dad has Dr's appointments.

    Totally understand that Doctors are constrained on time.

    How do I improve these visuals so they are understandable at a glance?


    Timeline.jpg Vitamins_and_Medications.jpg Usual_Vitamin_and_Meds_Routine.jpg Usual_Daily_Routine.jpg Underlying_Health_Issues.jpg
     
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    Hi CE,

    I am impressed by your visuals and how much you care for your father.

    Although your visuals are amazing, I think it’s a bit distracting.. for doctors its easier in the format that they are used to, either a formal medical chart or history/physical of the patient in person. Some symptoms are better explained by the patient, for example, he may have less hesitation in describing his bowel/bladder habits to the doctor than his daughter, and that gives valuable information to the doctor.. to learn more about patient’s pain and struggles he is undergoing..

    Come up with a list of problems that you and dad would need to discuss with the doctor....the ones that are pertinent now, and have the doctor focus on the most important thing now, which I believe are his painful bleeding BM and itching..For now, take one problem at a time and solve it, then you can work on his chronic underlying health issues.

    Hope your father gets well soon.
     
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    Hello GoneGirl,


    You mean something like below.

    Yesterday Dr was saying how great the visuals are, and even showed his medical students, but I wasn't sure if we conveyed the issue as effectively.

    Will have pre-discussion with Dad before visiting Doctor. Especially to make sure I can help Dad explain things (lot of times he forgets due to his brain injury 20 years back)

    Thank you so much!

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    Yes, something like this is more helpful..Does the office give you a sheet? If you are visiting a new doctor, you can call them and check..get a copy of your dad’s records from his physician and take it with you.. and make a list for the visit, have your dad explain it to the doctor, but remind him things on the list if he forgets..prioritise, things that need to fixed now, then focus on the less severe things..

    Maybe something simple like this should do.. you can create your own document, type it up..

    Include
    1.Chief complaints: order of importance
    2.Past Medical history:
    3.Past surgical history:
    4.Allergies: to medications if any.
    5.Medicines: treatments he is taking now (supplements in the last line)

    Hope I didnt make you upset about your painstakingly created visuals .






     
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    Something like this one, but with the list of headers I mentioned in my previous post, in that order. Hope this helps.
    Also dont make it too long, so it becomes hard to read..
     

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    I guess these visuals comes under User-Experience, i.e. How to make Doctor understand in least time so patient can get better.

    Also, I realize some people are visual, others are analytical. Even MS Excel has option of including simple table below a Data Visualization.

    Some Doctors we visited absolutely love the visuals, others prefer simple table or list.

    Yesterday when I went to accompanied Dad to Doctor, the Doctor was really impressed with visuals, even showed his medical students, but somehow I felt we didn't accomplish as much as we'd hope.

    That's when I thought maybe the visuals are not conveying the message clearly. Lot of pretty colors and designs (I love to paint), but does it convey the message?

    So I will restructure based on medical charts. The information you included is really really helpful (especially separating the medicines from the supplements).
     
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    Oh this really helps.

    And I'll keep it short!
     
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    No worries. I just needed to know how to improve the communication with the Doctor. Before my Dad was ignoring this problem, then in summer 2017 he started saying, "this has to be fixed, this has to be fixed".

    So I'm trying every way possible to help him. As it is we have other challenges as well, so I'm trying to focus most time and energy to help him.

    To me, it seems like a problem that we can easily treat, but because of poor communication, we keep going around the same mountain.
     

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