Do you really get what you are looking for? Exploring the medical call writing trend in tertiary care hospitals
Objective: To explore the trend of medical call writing by doctors working in tertiary care hospitals.
Methods: A quantitative descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out to evaluate the quality of medical calls written by the doctors at three tertiary care hospitals of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa between June 2016 to June 2017. An instrument was developed following AMEE Guide 87. Its content validity and reliability were established by 33 consultants from twenty specialties. A total of 198 medical calls (66 each) were collected from medicine, surgery and allied specialties and evaluated on the basis of validated instrument.
Results: During instrument development, six items with content Validity Ratio of 0.78 & Kappa value of 0.70 were deemed most significant in every medical call written. Among all the calls, the great majority (96% and 84.34%) mentioned the reason for referral (item 1) and history of presenting problem (item 2), respectively, while item 6 (explicit mention of the doctor who will receive the call) was addressed the least (17.6%). Item 3 (Result of physical examination) and 4 (what tests have been done/arranged by the referring doctor and a summary of the main findings) were stated in < 30% of the calls whereas item 5 (diagnosis/provisional diagnosis) was specified in less than half of the calls.
Conclusion: In this study, the written medical calls of different specialties were evaluated using specifically designed six items instrument. Unfortunately, the content of medical calls assessed was found to be inadequate probably because medical call writing is not explicitly taught at under and postgraduate levels.
How to cite this:
Khan AR, Mahboob U, Baseer N. Do you really get what you are looking for? Exploring the medical call writing trend in tertiary care hospitals. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(4):699-704. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.4.1642
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