Implementing a Legible Handwriting Policy

Zulick, Lewis; Farmer, Maura
January 2006
Leading Edge;Winter2006, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p1
This article focuses on the decision of the administration of the Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic to create a medical staff policy to address concerns over the legibility of chart notations and physician orders. Due to inherent work habits and a lack of central authority, the problem concerning illegible physician handwriting may be difficult to eliminate. The proposed medical staff policy is detailed. Alternatives used by staff members who are having difficulty changing their handwriting include transcription, pre-printed forms or direct input into the electronic medical record.


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