Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Contradictory Statements

Doctors frequently contradict themselves in their dictated reports (some patients have been known to change gender several times on one page). A doctor who is dictating a patient's physical examination may state that "There were no rales or rhonchi" and then, two minutes later, insist that "There were rales at the left lung base."

An aggressive attorney only needs to find one such contradiction inyour report to raise doubts about any other statement in your documentation.

The words "Are you sure?" have a particular appeal to attorneys because, if they can cast a cloud of doubt over any part of your document, they can make that doubt metastasize to a point where it casts aspersions on your overall professional competence.

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