If you’ve been to a doctor’s office lately and needed a prescription for an illness, you might have walked away empty handed. Not because the doctor didn’t write you one, but because their staff submitted the prescription online to the pharmacy. While this may seem like a benefit to both doctor and patient, there is an argument to be made for the usefulness of written prescriptions. Below we look at a few reasons why some physicians are sticking with the written scripts.
- Forgetfulness – Many times a patient leaves the doctor’s office, goes home, and completely forget about their prescription. If they have not set up contact information with their pharmacy, the prescription likely goes unfilled. With paper scripts, the patient has a physical reminder to go fill their prescription. Some doctors even write out examinations or tests on scripts, such as mammograms or MRI’s. In the case of mammograms, it is particularly beneficial to have that paper as a reminder to schedule an appointment.
- Accuracy – When a doctor writes out and hands a patient a prescription, two sets of eyes have now reviewed the prescription. Having a written script allows the patient a chance to review their personal information as well as the actual medicine prescribed. Maybe the patient asked for a 90-day prescription and the doctor only wrote it for 30 days. Sometimes birthdate information is inaccurate or names are misspelled. Having a second set of eyes on a prescription is never a bad thing.
- Wellness Reminders – What better opportunity is there to talk about wellness with a patient than when reviewing their prescription. A doctor is already going to discuss the importance of following the script and a patient is likely very focused when discussing any medicine he/she will be taking. This is the perfect time for a physician to promote diet, exercise, and self-examinations just to name a few. Maybe your office could give pink prescriptions during the month of October for breast cancer awareness. Visual reminders are known to work well with patients.
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