How to Write Less and Listen More

September 15, 2006

I have been able to spend more time with my patients--and they are more satisfied with my care--since I started writing up my visits on preprinted forms. The forms are designed to minimize writing and maximize coding. They thus permit listening and writing at the same time; when I leave the examining room, my work is complete. An added bonus: we save thousands of dollars a year on dictation transcription costs.

I have been able to spend more time with my patients--and they are more satisfied with my care--since I started writing up my visits on preprinted forms. The forms are designed to minimize writing and maximize coding. They thus permit listening and writing at the same time; when I leave the examining room, my work is complete. An added bonus: we save thousands of dollars a year on dictation transcription costs.