Writing in Physical Therapy

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Writing in Physical Therapy

Postby schloben » Mon Dec 06, 2004 4:07 am

I would appreciate it if the physical therapists on this forum could answer a few questions concerning the writing aspect of Physical Therapy (preferably by Tuesday, December 7th :oops:). There are quite a few questions thus it is fine if each physical therapist only answers a few or you may answer all if you prefer. Thank you for your time.

1. Is the writing you do more:
- Formal (less words outside everyday use, polysyllabic words, avoidance of contractions, graeco-latin)?

- Or Informal (some contractions, popular idioms and slang, Graeco-latin and anglo-saxon words, mono and polysyllabic words)?

2. What percentage of work is involved with writing? Why?

3. Does this include:
- Email?
- Drafting?
- Editing?
- Memos/stickies?

4. Would you like to change the percentage in consideration of those inclusions?

5. Do you notice a difference between internal and external writing?

6. What are the differences in sending a letter to a client and sending a memo to a department?

7. How has your writing changed since you first started this job?

8. Has academic writing helped you with the writing you do in this job?

9. How did you learn to write for this job?

10. What were your expectations about writing for this job?

11. Have you ever had a problem as a result of written communication?

12. Can you use humor in any of your writing?
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Postby ali » Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:11 am

Not asking for much, are ya?


1. Is the writing you do more:
- Formal (less words outside everyday use, polysyllabic words, avoidance of contractions, graeco-latin)?

- Or Informal (some contractions, popular idioms and slang, Graeco-latin and anglo-saxon words, mono and polysyllabic words)?

Formal for notes in charts and to doctors, less formal but still professional to patients, informal to a co-worker.

2. What percentage of work is involved with writing? Why?
Hard to say. Depends on the field. From 20% to 40%, maybe. All work on patients or relating to patients must be documented for legal and insurance purposes.


3. Does this include:
- Email?
- Drafting?
- Editing?
- Memos/stickies?
Yes.

4. Would you like to change the percentage in consideration of those inclusions?
No.

5. Do you notice a difference between internal and external writing?
Question obscure. See answers above.

6. What are the differences in sending a letter to a client and sending a memo to a department?
Letter to client cannot be too technical for layperson to understand. Letter to doctor better off technical. Memo to department concise and quick.

7. How has your writing changed since you first started this job?
Depends on what I'm writing. Not tremendously.


8. Has academic writing helped you with the writing you do in this job?
No.

9. How did you learn to write for this job?
In PT school.

10. What were your expectations about writing for this job?
? I expected I'd have to write daily notes, progress notes, and so forth.


11. Have you ever had a problem as a result of written communication?
Very few.

12. Can you use humor in any of your writing?
No, not appropriate.[/b]
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