Dysgraphia is the word doctors use to describe poor handwriting. They’re the poor victims of illegible handwriting too. Incoherent handwriting results when your brain thinks faster than it should and forces you to jot down at the speed of light. Studies show that those with a brilliant IQ tend to have issues with scribbling down. Illegible handwriting has a history in every doctor’s life. It all boils down to the moment when your professor was speaking speedily and you felt all the more difficult to jot it all down. A clogged brain plus the strain of difficult to understand words, additionally the perplexity at the sound of those words minus the complexity to spell it right, alongside the thought of being found at fault for not knowing it beforehand, all these things make his handwriting go haywire and he’s left with an illegible handwriting and he just can’t figure out why! Let’s cite both the highlights and the challenges of doctor’s legendary scrawls.
- CARE OR NEGLIGENCE:
One study shows you write coherently when you care. Albeit, the one you are addressing the letter knows that you care, and so you write better, more clearly. And, if you don’t then you end up writing frivolously. But, this is a debatable topic. No doctor shows dis-concern for his patient. He has too many patients to look after and is always in haste and wants to get done with as many sufferings as he can, so he scribbles doodles down too swiftly and he knows, he assumes that the chemist knows it right and that the patient has heard it right!
- MEDICAL ERROR THOUGH:
Obscure handwriting of doctors has resulted in deaths of patients and misinterpreted for all the wrong reasons, wrong treatments, and wrong ethics. Being in haste is one thing, and making it sound sensible is another. Doctors need to be more careful with their terms because the only thing connecting them to their patients is their prescription and if isn’t correct, what the chemist reads isn’t correct then the patient isn’t treated. In one of the ten commandments of record keeping, it says, ‘thou shalt write legibly’, why do some doctors unfollow that?
- AROUND OR NOT:
3.2 billion prescriptions are made every year in the USA, of which many have obscure abbreviations, incoherent handwriting, and improperly conveyed dosages. Earlier it was easy to get in touch with your doctor and have answers to your queries from the horse’s mouth. But in today’s scenario, doctors cannot be caught actively, they are somehow sought out through nurses, assistants, clerks, and other hospital staff members, and so the queries are either left unanswered or delayed in response. Who’s to blame for the sloppy handwriting of yours? Who can make illegible handwriting look legible?
- COMPUTERS SAVED US:
You think it or not, today’s world is progressing for the better, for the more intelligent crowd, for the saner people by getting prescriptions printed, by computerizing everything for the pharmacist’s sake, and for the patient‘s sake. The real focus lingering around the unkempt handwriting is that doctors concentrate a lot on the diagnosis and also the medication than on writing a neat prescription. Typing is far better than noting it down, it can save you.
In the end, you cannot generalize that all doctors have illegible handwriting, some make it a point to capitalize letters, convey comparatively better through their prescriptions. Nevertheless, doctors should think twice before writing a prescription because it can become evidence for malpractice or it can be framed for good conduct! Scribble away nicely!