Reasons why Doctors have bad handwriting revealed

Reasons why doctors have bad handwriting.

Today we are looking at a very worrying attitude by some professionals in the health sector. People always wonder why Medical professionals specifically doctors, write badly when giving prescriptions to patients. Research has revealed that the bad handwriting of Doctors has caused about 30% of those who died through this professional negligence. This habit is not only exhibited by Ghanaian Doctors, it is across the whole World. Their bad handwriting on the patient’s prescriptions does not mean they can not write nicely, in fact, most of them have a beautiful handwriting.

why doctors have bad handwriting

Researching this topic I came across some key reasons why doctors have bad handwriting. The first one was; as most doctors journey through medical schools, they have to acquire every bit of tiny information. During exams time there are a lot of questions to answer with very limited time. As a result of this, they have to write at a very high speed to meet up with time. This however did not make any sense to me because, must you exhibit a habit you adopted from the exams hall, throughout your career? Well, let’s leave this to the health professionals.

Another reason why doctors have bad handwriting is because of the number of patients to attend to. According to my finding, Most doctors start their time with good handwriting however, when the pressure tends to pile up, ( When he/she has a lot of patients to attend to), a doctor doesn’t have the luxury to pay much attention to his/her handwriting.

Nazeef69 in a recent conversation with some experienced Student Doctors, said there are two “good” reasons why Doctors don’t write nicely.

Firstly, the Doctors don’t want the patients to know the medicine as it may cause panic to them. The doctor revealed that sometimes they add the seriousness of the disease which will aid the Pharmacy Doctor (PharmD) to determine which dosage to give.

Also, It is also revealed that Pharmacists are familiar with the drugs and prescriptions, as a result, it provides easy identification. An ordinary person always find it difficult in identifying what is always written but those who are in the field always do understand them.

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