I just got a report from a neurologist at University of Missouri Health Care. It gave me delight! Why?
Here's the text:
What's delightful about carpal tunnel syndrome?
Nothing really. Getting a report that clarifies the diagnosis is often a relief for my patient who has been wondering what is causing their weird symptoms that stumped me, the family physician. Knowing it's a treatable problem helps. Knowing what it's NOT is often a relief: "It's not a stroke. It's not cancer."
Delightful to me
This report was delightful to me as a physician dedicated to clear communication.
The diagnosis is clear, and written in plain language with the proper clinical terms (not just lay language). The list of abbreviations shows consideration for the reader.
There's a warning about what has NOT been excluded diagnostically: "Nerve conduction EMG does not rule out vascular thoracic outlet syndrome."
The whole "Conclusion" is a clear, tight, thoughtful package.
It might be no surprise to learn that this physician was also recently awarded the National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence by the American Medical Student Association.