For most practices using the patient questionnaire saves the doctor dictation time. Typically the physician will dictate something like:
For complete ROS, Past medical, family, and social history see patient questionnaire, completed and reviewed by me today. Pertinent positives are: (and then what ever positive findings there were).
My physician usually asks that I complete the form once per year (not every visit).
Using such a form may ensure that all areas are actually covered, allowing the highest levels for new patients and consults. (Of course, we're assuming the patient actually completes the form ... )
There's no rule that states you MUST use patient questionnaires and if your doctors are really good about documenting the 14-system ROS and full PMFSH then they may not need it.
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