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Date: 22 Mar 2016   Posted By: Bikash Chakraborty     Group: Doctors    Category: Others   

It is a usual practice for almost every doctor to write a prescription with a hazy handwriting and to use medical abbreviations.
Often local medical shopkeepers are unable to read the name of the medicine and starts to guess it. Sometimes while one goes to some distant place and seeks the medicine but fails to buy it because the shop keeper cannot read the the name of medicine in the prescription.
Also medical abbreviations like BDPC, ODAC etc. are putting a patient into a great confusion. Why are the learned doctors not realizing that every patient may not be accustomed with such code languages?
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Author: Partha Kansabanik    25 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

I have seen that some of the doctors' handwriting are legible and clear. So, it is better not to generalise things. However, I do admit that most of the time, common people can't understand the handwriting of doctors. The reasons for this may as under:-

(a) Generally the medical students have to take notes while standing along with the faculty members or while moving from one bed to another. As a result, they develop their own short-hand which only they can understand. This habit remains with them throughout their life.
(b) Generally the doctors indicate generic name of drugs or some code which only they or the pharmacists understand. So, even if common people can read this, they don't understand the code.

Author: Kailash Kumar    26 Mar 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Hand written medical prescriptions are notorious for being illegible. Also conventionally Latin words and abbreviations were used to covey information to the pharmacists. The patients were generally not supposed to read the same. However nowadays computer printed medical prescriptions are gradually replacing the hand written prescriptions. Some modern hospitals have their own 'medical information systems'. There are some online pharmacies also which offer services to customers over the internet. I think the only possible reason of conventional illegible medical prescription writing system may be the objective to maintain secrecy of the prescription.

Author: Mahesh    26 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Cursive handwriting is something that most of the doctors use while they write the prescription. Most of the doctors often do that because of the habit. And there is specific meaning or cursive writing meant for the pharmacist. Though some doctors can write the prescription in a clear way. However the cursive handwriting is meant for not able to forge the prescription. As there are cases of such prescription forging with clear handwriting. This is one reason to date many doctors don't use the computer for typing the prescriptions.

Author: Adarsh kumar    26 Mar 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

I partially agree with the theory of Mr Kailash. Doctors write in hazy way to maintain secrecy of the prescription. But this was followed in olden days only. The logical thing is that one can always look for the name of medicine on its cover if it is not clearly written on prescription. So therefore it is concluded that this practice is not for privacy purpose.
As far I know their hazy handwriting is not intentional. After so many years of studying medical science their handwriting becomes really bad because of too much of practice and strain.
Therefore nowdays doctors are strictly advised to write properly because of rise in E- medical stores. The prescription is scanned and sent online in order to book delivery of medicines. People are choosing this nowdays because of its good discounts on medicines.
Therefore from now onwards if you go to a doctor do ask him to write clearly and neatly as the generation demands it.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    27 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

The bad hand - writings of the doctors are not intentional, rather it reflects the nonseriousness on the part of doctors to change the bad styles adopted by them since a long time. May be, while studying in the Medical - colleges, they were overburdened with their studies and practicals finding less time to take care of their writings and later that bad writing became the essential part of their habit.
The local Chemist and Druggist can speculate the right medicine because of the familiarity of hand - writing pattern of a particular doctor. If someone is interested to have the same medicine from some other areas where there is remote possibility of the Doctor of any connection with that Chemist - shop, the chemist may commit mistake in choosing the correct medicine.
Now with the advent of E - medical stores, the Doctors have to change their style so that their prescriptions can be tracked in on line computers. Good hand - writing is always an asset.

Author: Karthikeyan    27 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Hazy handwriting by doctors is neither intentional nor to maintain any secrets about prescription. It is common practice for everyone to use shorthand writings and doctors are also following the same. I also felt that we can read most of the prescription provided by doctors.

There are many reasons associated with hazy handwriting of doctors.

1. It helps them to save more time by using abbreviations and shorthand writings so that they can look into many patients by saving time.
2. They might have developed this habit during studies as they have to take a lot of notes during their college days.
3. In many places people are consider someone as doctor only if they gave prescription in hazy handwriting.

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