Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Some radiologists trying to cut the confusing jargon

Adult male, juvenile, stuffed ursus minor

 
There are few things more frustrating than submitting to an x-ray or imaging and then not having a clue what the doctor found.

Laura Landro, WSJ, Sept 15, 2014, says more people are getting their medical records--then freeze at the absolute mumbo jumbo.

"Purposefully opaque," "sloppily written." These are two terms used.

At Penn State, some physicians even take a writing class.

An "ill-defined lesion" makes it sound like they have no clue. "Epicenter of the mass" makes it sound like a tumor is spreading outward.

Radiologists also get training in sensitivity.  They are trying in some venues to quit using the word "gross." "No gross abnormality" thus becomes "no obvious abnormality."

Unfortunately some of this is prewritten into templates the docs fill in.

They may also try to make patients feel better about themselves. Instead of "refused" a test--this could become "had concerns" about a test.

I dunno on this--I do hate having to go from site to site to figure would what the patoot the report is saying.

But I also think, like tribal witch doctors, some physicians maintain their distance and superiority with the Latin and jargon. This must make them feel better or something.

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