About Doctor's Handwriting

@cearn25 (3460)
Philippines
March 12, 2012 12:32am CST
I admit I don't understand what is the doctor is trying to write in the prescription. Although I know those are the medication which we need to buy for us to be okay. I am amazed that pharmacists are the one who can understand their handwriting. We will just have to give to them the doctor's prescription. Do you understand the doctor's handwriting? Why are they writing so fast? Can't they just write neatly? I am just wondering mylotters. Thank you.
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33 responses
• Indonesia
12 Mar 12
Yes me too i dont understand what doctor write in the prescription.Maybe doctor writing so fast coz they want they job finish hurry.and many patient waiting for them.So till this time i cant understand what doctor write. Maybe need special school to write like a doctor lol kidding.Have good day for you.
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@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
You are so funny my friend. You make me laugh with your answers. Thanks for the response. I think they need to have it that way so that only them and their pharmacists can understand. We just have to obey what they are saying.
• Indonesia
12 Mar 12
Yes i like humour,im happy if i can make people laugh Lol.Well i agree with u if only pharmacists can understand that,but hwy we not.so thats why i told you they need special school.But one day if i go to doctor i will tell to my doctor to write with words which is i can understand it, so i can know what medicine they will give to me LOl. Nice to meet you here.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
Isn't it unfair? We should know what they are writing. We only know if we already get the item. Yeah, better tell to the doctor.
@emilytd18 (115)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
Hi cearn25! Sometimes I am wondering about it too.. lol.. Hmmm.. I think the reason why only the pharmacists are the people who can understand the doctors handwriting is because they studied that too in their curriculum!!..haha.. I know that must be a sily guess, hahaha.. but it's the only thing that I can think of right now. The reason why I came with such idea is because there other courses like in AB Communication wherein they are studying another type of writing wherein they use steno notes, not quite sure what that writing is being called, mayeb "stenography".. haha.. So, I think this is one such type, that's why pharmacists could understand the doctor's handwriting. And maybe they won't write it legibly so that they are sure that the patient won't change the prescription thay they gave. Just being cautious. Just a guess though.. lol. ;) :)
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@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
So meaning there are reasons why they have to right that way. I don't want to describe their handwriting. I believe you can imagine it already. Thanks for the effort of giving me an answer my friend. I think you got it right. Maybe it has to be learned in school. Have a good day.
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@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
12 Mar 12
Yes, most doctors jot down their medical prescriptions in an illegible writing mode. Though we find it hard to identify the name of medicine written down , it is all a wonder that the pharmacists easily understand the name of product.This in fact should be due to their getting used to viewing prescriptions of the sort in a routine manner.
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@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
I love the word my friend, illegible writing mode. It sounds so nosebleed to me. Anyway, pharmacists are getting used to their handwriting and can totally understand what is inside since it is their job already. Thanks a lot!
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
Some doctors write neat.My dad is also a doctor & I can't understand some things he writes.I really don't get it why most doctors write so messily.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
What is he a doctor of my friend? Wow You are so lucky to have a doctor-father.
• Philippines
16 Mar 12
Pediatrician.He's a doctor of children.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
18 Mar 12
I see. Thanks for the info!
• Maldives
12 Mar 12
hello cearn I agree with you... I too don't know how these pharmacists understand what some doctors write as some of it are very difficult to understand.As you said it will be much more convincing if the doctors write it a bit clearly.I heard of rare cases in which the pharmacists give wrong medicine to people because they sometimes did not get what the prescription said.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
It will be a big mistake if the pharmacists gave the wrong medicine. That is hilarious my friend. A lesson to be learned both by the doctors and pharmacists.
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
12 Mar 12
I caught one pharmacist not understanding what the doctor wrote! fortunately it was just a cough syrup, so he could't make a big mistake, lol. I just don't know why don't we have the right to read what is written on the prescription - we are going to pay for the medicine and we are going to take it. It's part of the mystical cloud?
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
12 Mar 12
I believe we all have the right to read what is written in the prescription my friend. There is nothing wrong to that. We just have to ask if we are curious enough to know what it is.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
13 Mar 12
I dont know if pharmacist can read it either. I do know that the doctors also call the perscriptions into where you will be going. Many times the pharmacist will call the doctors too.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
They will only call Mr. if they have additional inquiries about the prescription or they have to double check the item if it is right. Pharmacists should make no mistake. The cure of the patients also depend on the pharmacists.
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
14 Mar 12
Anytime ive gotten aperscription they would ask me where i was going to fill it so they could call it in. Thats the reason they gave me for asking.
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
12 Mar 12
Greek doctors do it too. It's crazy.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
Really? Are you a greek?
@KOSTAS499 (1625)
• Greece
13 Mar 12
Yes, and I have always wondered what on earth they write on the presriptions.
• India
24 Jun 12
I find it is very difficult to read what the doctor prescribes but a medicinal store keeper can understand what is written it. A doctor has a large number of patients on each day. So if has to hurry to check all of them. So it is very common to find that the doctors using the bad hand writing.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
24 Jun 12
Anybody who is in the same field of the study of pharmacy can somehow read those difficult to understand handwritings of doctors. It is very common. It is not already unusual for them seeing those kind of prescriptions. They have to get used to it.
21 Apr 12
Prescriptions are some of the only times that doctor's write neatly! When it comes to organising scans or ordering tests their handwriting gets even worse!
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Jun 12
I hate that. Even I have a bad handwriting, I guess theirs is more bad than mine. I guess they are just always in a hurry but of course they have to make sure what they are writing are right.
@KrauseHome (34994)
• United States
14 Apr 12
Well, a lot of times now around here they either Fax everything in, or the prescription they give you is just Computer generated and then they sign it. There is usually never handwritten ones anymore. But it is quite interesting how anyone most of the time can read it, and I have been questioned by Pharmacies, and have heard of prescriptions also being filled wrong. In reality it would be nice for Doctors to have a little more clearer writing for sure.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
15 Apr 12
You are right my friend. Some already are using technology based but for some still rely on prescriptions with doctor's handwriting. You have a good suggestion. They must consider writing legibly and neatly for at least to avoid errors and misunderstandings.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
15 Mar 12
Nope, not for me either!! haha When i thought my handwriting are tidy, readable, but none of my friends are able to understand. When i look at the doctor's handwriting, it's so messy, so curvy and yet nurse are able to read! haha I'm amazed by that! What's more, every doctors seemed to have the same handwriting, no matter which clinic or hospital one goes to,their handwriting tend to have the same style.. haha
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
15 Mar 12
That is indeed true my friend. Though I have a bad handwriting, I think the doctor's are even worse. Maybe it is their own technique for an unknown reason only them knows. But whatever it is, it is okay as long as they do their job in treating their patients. Have a good day!
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• India
14 Mar 12
No,not at all.Even farmacists do the mistakes while reading the prescription and i am the victim of it. Once a farmacist handed over the medicine for my mother, relating to stomach problem,but actually the medicine was for lever related problem. thank god i could make out by applying common sense because the bottle was bearing a lever photograph .When i asked the farmacist,he just made a sorry face and replaced the medicine.when i seriously thought about the small looking incident but a blunder from the docter because his writing was readable at all and even spellings were not correct. People think,such writings are the signs of great academic but it is wrong.Such doctors write in such state , just to hide writing ineffeciency.I have seen many good doctors writing very beautiful hand writing.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
14 Mar 12
Hi! Welcome! Thanks for this response. You have a very good point and you have shown me your own experience about it. Good thing you have able to realize that it was a wrong medicine that what given to you.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
14 Mar 12
That is just why you should carefully check your prescription after you receive it to make sure that it is the correct medication. The military has the problem of illegible written prescriptions solved. The doctor simply types the prescription into the computer, which is connected to the pharmacy. The patient only has to show the proper ID at the pharmacy, and the prescription is filed. Some day, maybe, all doctors and pharmacies will be connected via computer.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
14 Mar 12
That is when the technology enters already my friend. I guess it has already started. It is a very good idea that they will do it that way.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
13 Mar 12
Prescriptions are specifically written in code. It's not words. They do this on purpose so people can't forge prescriptions. This code is a jumble of letters. It's not meant to be read like English. Only the pharmacists can decode the thing.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
14 Mar 12
You are right my friend. So purposely, the have to write it in a way that only them who are in the field can be able to understand. Well, it is okay for us who don't recognize those prescriptions. It doesn't matter as long as they guarantee us safe prescriptions and all of that.
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
13 Mar 12
I can't understand what doctors write either. I have always wondered how pharmacists can read it. I wouldn't know if it was right or not, because I can never make out what it was supposed to be. Sometimes I can read the numbers, the dosage and things but not the rest. Maybe pharmacists and doctors have a secret code that us normal people don't know.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
I made this discussion for us to be clear with regards to their discussion. I hope I have enlightened some although not all. I am happy about that already. Thank you my friend.
@nytrisco (567)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
As a nurse, we also understand what the doctor is writing but sometimes there are words that are so hard to understand that we need to ask for help with our senior nurse or yet that doctor who wrote it just to be sure especially in the chart. Maybe the reason why they have that kind of penmanship is because they had a lot of notes to be written when they were still studying, so as time goes by they still have that kind of style of writing. But nowadays, I can find a lot of young doctors who can write neatly.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
Another from a nurse. I am so happy about my discussion. Like what others have stated, yes, most probably the reason would be because of their past experiences while studying. Thank you my friend nurse.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
13 Mar 12
Well the phrase "you should have been a doctor with this handwriting" really is not something that was said a lot of reason. Doctors, I think for the most part have rather invented their own script, their own way of writing. It is kind of frustrating to attempt to to decipher some of it to say the very least. There are just really going to be quite the adventure and quite of the exercise to say the very least. Then again, some might say the same of my handwriting, the rare times I decide to handwrite and I'm not a doctor. Of course, it does depend on the doctor and the person trying to piece together the work. There are going to be times where the work is going to be much easier to really piece together, but doctors have to write out a lot of things rather quickly. I do feel sorry for the people who have to fill prescriptions, who have to decipher the handwriting of many, many doctors all around. Some of them its easier to live. Others, I'm sure an entire group of people would figure out a way to read the handwriting.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
Thank you my friend for pointing out your own critique about their handwriting. I bet other professions also may the same handwriting. It depends actually if that profession is more into writing. Nowadays, people are now using the technology and handwriting is somewhat behind.
@Sreekala (22194)
• India
13 Mar 12
Hi cearn, Is the profession can do anything with their handwriting? I am confused now but I must admit major percentages of doctors are writing prescription not in a clear format. However, my son’s Pediatrician is writing very clearly in the prescription. Anybody can easily read the names of medicines. This experience made me think is the profession forcing them to write in that way, I felt it is depends on the person’s handwriting, if a person used to write in a clear format he/she may continue that habit in his lifetime irrespective of his/her profession.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
As for me, it has nothing to do with their profession. But as we can see, others professions have a legible writing. Only them who have a unique handwriting. That is only a fact wherein the doctors are being known for.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
i also do not see why they write so fast...but most probably they got used to this,..maybe during med school they have to take notes fast while in their classes? that must be one of the reasons
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
You are right my friend. Partly the reasons maybe because they were used to write fast while taking medical school. It can never be a very issue. I also have a very illegible handwriting ever since. I admit. Thanks!
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
13 Mar 12
Doctor's Handwriting is really a puzzle to me too. I am a student nurse and I encounter these sort of alien handwriting a LOT. Some I can comprehend while some I just don't have any idea. I think there are five possible reasons for this infamous handwriting. 1.They are very busy as they have a lot of patients to attend to and the haste shows in the handwriting. 2.In the advent of technology and typing, writing skills just deteriorated? 3. They are tired of writing same antibiotic or whatever medication over and over again. 4. They are bored? 5. Naturally inborn bad handwriting.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
13 Mar 12
I really love to hear opinions coming from the medics world. Even them are getting curious too. Not just us who have different career paths. The reasons you have given are somewhat can tell that it is valid. Doctors are humans too. They could be either bored, tired and part of it are their experiences that made them of what the are right now.