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HPI: Quality vs Severity

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    Pt has metastatic colorectal cancer. In referrence to HPI would I consider metastatic as the quality or severity of the colorectal cancer or neither?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyj View Post
    Pt has metastatic colorectal cancer. In referrence to HPI would I consider metastatic as the quality or severity of the colorectal cancer or neither?
    Could be both really - the fact that it's 'a metastasis' is about the closest thing to a description of a cancer's characteristics as you're going to get, but I could also see how it could reasonably be viewed as a measure of its severity. But, I'd lean more towards quality, personally.
    It doesn't really matter which one it is, as long as you don't have those other HPI elements anywhere else in the note - 2 (unique elements of) HPI is 2 HPI, no matter which 2 you've got - for the phrase you gave, I'd count Quality and Location, if I were in your shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btadlock1 View Post
    Could be both really - the fact that it's 'a metastasis' is about the closest thing to a description of a cancer's characteristics as you're going to get, but I could also see how it could reasonably be viewed as a measure of its severity. But, I'd lean more towards quality, personally.
    It doesn't really matter which one it is, as long as you don't have those other HPI elements anywhere else in the note - 2 (unique elements of) HPI is 2 HPI, no matter which 2 you've got - for the phrase you gave, I'd count Quality and Location, if I were in your shoes.
    That's exactly what I do unless I need a severity. Thanks for your prompt response.

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