Definition of OBSERVATION
1) the noting of a fact or occurrence (as in nature) often involving the
measurement of some magnitude with suitable instruments <temperature observations>; also : a record so obtained
2) close watch or examination (as to monitor or diagnose a condition) <postoperative observation> <psychiatric observation>
MEDISCRIBE© understand and acknowledges that one very
critical part of medicine is the ability to observe the patient and record
those findings. It is even more important that these findings be available,
not only to the primary care medical professional, but to any medical
professional that may require the information.
Observation leads to proper diagnosis and treatment. As such,
physicians must distinguish the difference between visual observation
and any conclusions or inferences that are created from that observation. Initial observation, therefore, should be devoid of judgment. A very relevant medical example is an expression of pain in an individual’s face. This may vary from culture to culture and may be context specific (for example, in a clinical setting compared with a sports field or work station).
In addition, the authors try to get medical students to focus observation on the whole person with an illness rather than just a disease or part of the person. In this way, observation skills help fulfill and support the role of physician as healer. Medical professionals need to be able to identify or recognize observable materials, describe them and communicate their observations to patients, colleagues, the medical record and clinical or scientific literature.
. . .AND JUST AS IMPORTANT THEY NEED TO BE EASILY RETRIEVED and that is what the MEDISCRIBE© System provides.