Thursday, September 6, 2007

Bravo For Boilerplate!

Suppose you produce a volume of standard reports that contain the same text to describe a normal chest X-ray or some other result. Here is a piece of boilerplate text used by a physician specializing in occupational medicine:

"All muscles demonstrated electrical findings at rest. There were no fibrillations, fasciculations, or positive sharp wave trains. Interference patterns were adequate in density and amplitude. Motor units were recruited in a normal fashion."

Which is easier?

To stumble through that tongue twister day after day, hoping that you and the person transcribing your dictation will get it right?

Or to simply say "Use the JS4 code."

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