Before you start preparing an exam Why are you giving an exam to your students? To evaluate and grade students. To motivate students to study. Students tend to open their books more often when an evaluation is coming up.
Management In the s, handing over a prescription indicated the end of the consultation.
It is now recognised that educating the patient in their condition and involving them in management decisions is likely to both improve patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.
If you want to carry out investigations, think why you are doing so: To exclude or confirm a diagnosis To reassure the patient To satisfy the priorities and local protocols of the hospital doctor to whom you may refer the patient. Clearly, investigations should be justified in terms of costs and of potential risks they may pose for the patient.
One of these risks is actually increasing patient anxiety a well-established risk - particularly in the event of an ambiguous or false positive result.
Health promotion Note the health template on the screen.
It should be complete and reasonably contemporary. Just mentioning smoking, alcohol consumption or BMI will remind the patient and make them think about the issue.
Linking specific lifestyle advice to the current illness is far more effective so pick your issue. Management is more than just a prescription. It includes health education and advice. This is not simply a move away from paternalism but aids compliance and may reduce unnecessary attendance.
Twin-tray laser printers enable printed patient information leaflets to be given to the patient to take away. Records When considering what to include and leave out when writing your records, ask yourself three things: Will the next doctor who sees this patient follow my train of thought and understand my management plan?
Would this stand up in a court? Would I be happy for the patient to read these notes? In the s, history, examination and medication seldom exceeded one line of Lloyd George records. Be concise but do not skimp. Record thoughts such as "could be psychosomatic" or "may need endoscopy" and plans such as "if not better soon, refer".
The notes may be a useful tool for you later and if the patient is seen for the same event by another doctor, they need to be able to understand what your thinking was and what management plan you had in mind. Ideally each patient contact should contain a mini management plan. The notes may also be subject to scrutiny in the case of complaint or litigation.
The quality of notes can be fundamental to the defensibility of a case.
Use abbreviations, but only those that other doctors would readily recognise.Exam Preparation Tips For many people, exam time is the most stressful part of the school year.
With so much riding on the outcome, there can be a high degree of pressure to perform well. These exams are also a good way to check cholesterol, blood pressure, Proper preparation for your physical examination can help you get the most out of your time with your PCP.
You should. A physical examination is a routine test your primary care provider (PCP) performs to check your overall health. A PCP may be a doctor, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant.
The exam is. Learning Objectives 1. Counsel anxious examinees in the anticipation of an important test 2. Develop an individual plan of study for the Guide for Exam Preparation.
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This is a frequently neglected area but it can be very important. Clear your mind of the last patient as you wash your hands to prepare for the next.