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Author Topic: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)  (Read 2646 times)

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Offline schnitzer

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everytime i go see my doctor, i'm overwhelmed by the size of my patient file folder he has of me. compared to all the other ones in his offce it's huge.
it's as thick as  an encyclopedia.

i'm always curious. . is this file top secret? or can i ask to look at it? are there things i'm not supposed to know?

Offline pozniceguy

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2007, 12:29:47 PM »
your file is not "secret"  you can ask to look at it whenever you want.....there are some things the DR may want to explain...they frequently put comments in a kind of code  just like they write on prescriptions.....getting copies of anything varies from Dr to Dr... I try to get copies of all labs and other things like x-ray reports, CAT scan results ..etc..so far my ID DR has no problems...some Dr's charge for copies especially if you request a large number of pages.....
I think it  is a good idea to have a personal copy of most things ....you never know what may be useful if you need to be treated by a new DR....

Two of my Dr's now have transitioned to electronic records....they still get lab reports and other inputs from outside the office that need to be scanned into the system so ask for them...I tried to get one of the office people to give me an electronic copy on a jump drive but it didn't work out because I didn't have access to the program to be able to read them...

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2007, 12:34:15 PM »
I've only been at my current doctor for 2 years, so my file isn't as big as say my 1st one which I saw for 8 years.  I'm sure I went through MANY folders during that time... and who knows where that information is now as that was all in the 90's.

My current doctor is increasingly computerized.  Lately when I want copies of lab results I've seen it's all in a computer and they just print it out from there.  In fact, it even generates reports spanning for example a year of results, so it's easy to see long term trends for various lab categories.  Extremely useful.
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Offline SoSadTooBad

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2007, 11:42:09 PM »
schnitz - funny that you mention this.  I feel funny because my folder is bulging with crap, and I have only been a patient for a year.   

Offline schnitzer

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2007, 02:00:23 AM »
that's exactly how i feel.. who knows what the doc's writing about me?? what if that file gets lost?

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2007, 01:09:09 PM »
I love this one!  My primary doc from 1990 to 2005 (HIV dx 98) gave me my records a year ago, and they filled two copier paper boxes.  Most of it was related to four brain surgeries in 1994.  Less than half an inch of paper for 1/90 to 8/94.  About half of one box was related to hep A in 98 and the HIV-related stuff from then to 12/05.  My gradnmother commented that the boxes of paper look like I'm 170 years old
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10-19-07   112wks off meds:   VL 292  CD4 857(37%/0.85 ratio)

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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2007, 01:54:27 PM »
To funny! My doc is always teasing me that my file no longer fits in the file slots on the doors and she acts like she's getting a workout by picking up my file.

Offline Pilot

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2007, 09:59:27 PM »
And some people think size doesnt matter....lol....remember if it gets too large you can always ask your doc to donate it to the library of congress....it will vanish like your tax dollars.

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2007, 12:37:11 PM »
My gradnmother commented that the boxes of paper look like I'm 170 years old

Wow, Redhot, you look *really* great for being 170 years old.  (OK, I'll considered myself
warned for hi-jacking).

What really concerns me about these large files is not just how expensive they are to maintain,
but how difficult it is to use the information in them.  It's easy to stuff another piece of
paper in a file, but far harder to actually go back and find relevant information.  Especially
when you are talking about 2 boxes full.  It's a good argument for electronic records if ever
I saw one.

Cheers,

Henry


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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2007, 01:35:17 PM »
that's exactly how i feel.. who knows what the doc's writing about me?? what if that file gets lost?

My folders are several inches thick. By the way, once I read what one MD wrote about me  :o , I dumped him and found a new physician!

Nobody ever reads the File! That's why everyone always asks you the same questions. Your MDs, RNs, and others, expect you to remember meds, dosages, and past diagnosis with treatments. The folder is nothing more than old stuff at the bottom and new stuff near the top. No sorting, no cross-referencing, etc. Electronic filing could make our files USEFUL. Right now, dunno, forensics?
 8)  -megasept

Offline atxpozguy

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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2007, 01:58:15 PM »
Our clinic went electronic beginning in May and my doctor is probably happy not having to carry volume number 6 when she comes into the exam room. Also, certain female clinic staffers is so rude at the checkin window and one day when feeling extremely bad, I was told by a female clerk she could careless if I felt bad and wound need to make an appointment with the nurse in order to get an appoiuntment with my doctor, total bs as I left in tears.  :'(

Not wanting to go to the emergency room with an already compromised immune system, my partner drove me back home, where then I emailed the medical director of my concerns, you replied not to send him email on his city email address rather to his personal email address, which I refused to do.

Later that afternoon, my doctor calls me and ask for direction to my home where she arrived 30 minutes later and after examining me, told me to go to the hospital where she admitted me for a reoccuring pcp infection.

Incidentally, that female staffer at the clinic was fired.
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Re: how big is your patient file folder? (at your doc's office)
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2007, 02:35:44 PM »
I love my record!  It has all my previous stuff from other Drs and information from the study I am trying to get in and all my current Dr stuff including all the e-mails we do back and forth.  I am sure when I have been seeing her a year she will need dolly to roll the chart into the room. Humm maybe this will force them to go electronic and save space and paper!
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