Last week in Part I, I shared the questions I have in my head when I first glance at the graph on the front page of an Intake Functional Status Summary. Conveniently, on the exact same page are factors also worth analyzing. Analyzing these factors provides additional insight about the patient.
Now, in this section, I spend time analyzing factors that may play a role in both the decisions I make and how I communicate. I like to quickly know if the person had surgery for the current condition. My eyes immediately check out how much fear the person exhibits. I also like to know how long ago the condition began.
For this particular person, I know the situation may not be chronic.The person has a high amount of fear. Based on this information, I realize I need to be thoughtful with the words, analogies and descriptions I use when I communicate.
I also know that I need to review the Intake Functional Status Summary to learn what comorbidities are concurrently involved. At this point, I'm not sure what comorbidities this 27 year old female has. I like to know what these are because they may play a role in the type of interventions I provide or the progression of activities.
In less than 5 minutes of the report hitting my hands, I've got my clinical hat on and my brain is focused on how to begin interacting with the patient.
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What factors impact your clinical thinking?
Until next time,