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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Ian's SOAP widget - RFE/AOE

From: Jim Busser
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Ian's SOAP widget - RFE/AOE
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 16:41:58 -0700

self-replying, but I have added/reminded us another distinctive use for RFE

I'm not clear on the distinction between RFE and Subjective and AOE and assessment (at least, I'm not sure there's enough difference to warrant
typing the same stuff twice)

So far, I am thinking as follows:

RFE serves
- as something like "chief complaint" (for patient-initiated visits/encounters)
- to permit the desk staff to input something (or "undisclosed") when booking the encounter (probably we would agree we do not want the desk staff inputting into SOAP)
- as an indicator of the purpose or aim of the visit (for doctor-initiated visits/encounters)

The Soap note contains more-extensive *details* that one would not bother to capture in the RFE as this is the purpose of the Soap narrative row.

AOE serves
- as a working diagnosis until it is appropriate to assign a code
- even after the code is assigned, it can hold some nuance or detail not provided for in the coding table

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