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"The Rules" for presenting patients and seeking advice on Podiatry Arena

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by LuckyLisfranc, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. LuckyLisfranc

    LuckyLisfranc Well-Known Member

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    Craig and other contributors

    I have become increasingly frustrated/annoyed at the lack of detail that accompanies many enquiries for assistance on cases.

    Whilst I enjoy contributing suggestions where I can, I note many of these posts start with a reply request for further basic information.

    In the interest of better communication and flow of "advice" threads, could I suggest we develop some rules for presenting a case (eg like Grand Rounds).

    For simplicity, a bastardised SOAP method:

    Subjective - concise history
    Specific, relevant objective findings (incl. any available clinical photographs, radiographs)
    Provisional Diagnosis
    Treatment successes/failures to date

    I think if we developed some universal rules, and put this on the home page it might save some time and frustration....?

  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    LL ... agree totally; we have had a lot of what get tagged as advice for cases and most are skimpy on initial information. I will look at adding something to the FAQ's and/or Forum Rules about the issue (the next challenge will be to get people to read them!)

  3. LL:

    In addition, it would be nice if people paid a little more attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation in their notes. I have a difficult time justifying the time and effort required to help a podiatrist with one of their cases when they won't take the time to write their inquiry properly, reread it a time or two for spelling and composition, and don't give enough information to allow a concerned colleague to afford them some help. This type of posting reflects negatively back on the individual making the posting....and reflects negatively back ultimately on the international podiatry community....especially to those that are lurking on this forum from other healthcare disciplines.

    This unwillingness or lack of concern in paying attention to spelling and grammar....sorry to say....makes the otherwise very smart person....look somewhat stupid.
  4. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Kevin, For some this wonderful forum is in a second Language for them, one comes to mind that l was using the PM to work through a problem with, it is just another a challenge..

    Its almost as bad as these people who double post?

    KK wrote "take the time to write their inquiry properly"

    shouldn't that be "Correctly" :confused:
  5. bob

    bob Active Member

    Apologies for the poor grammar. Some of us with English as a first language post on here after a bottle of wine or a few beers.
  6. David:

    For those members of Podiatry Arena where English is a second language, I have no problems. However, for those who do know how to write in English, but are just too lazy to spell check or reread their posts, there is no excuse, in my opinion. I also don't care for acronyms being used in posts, unless the author spells them out when first used within the post. This is especially true since a good number of us don't have a clue what they are talking about when an acronym is used. For example what does PM mean: pre-menstrual, prime minister, private message.....get my point, David?!

    It all comes down to whether you want yourself and your profession to be viewed by the thousands who visit this international podiatric academic forum as being intelligent health-care professionals, or to be viewed as being not much better than a bunch of school kids who don't really care how they appear to the others reading their discussions.

    Take the time to write properly. Isn't that "proper" English? I believe it is.:craig:

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