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[Gnumed-devel] Ending an encounter by creating a new one

From: Busser, Jim
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] Ending an encounter by creating a new one
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:54:25 +0000

One good example of where you might want to do this is at the point where it is 
decided to refer a patient to a consultant.

The decision to refer will often happen toward the end of a patient visit, or 
it may occur following the review of results. The decision may be documented in 
the soaP note of such a visit or review. However at the point of actioning this 
referral, it can be very useful to start a new encounter of type

        request for consultation

This approach …

- allows to formulate the content of the consultation request *inside* a 
progress note
- makes it very easy, on choosing Write letter, to select this encounter (or 
rows from this encounter) to go into the first part of the letter, and
- makes it easy to later review this content among the various journal entries, 
saving the clinician to have to go poking around inside documents to find the 
free-text entries that went into the document but nowhere else.

-- Jim

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