Physical therapy forms are important as a tool to aid in recording each patient encounter and the treatment procedure for patients. These forms include the insurance forms that need to be filled up, the medical history of the patient, contact and billing information as well as instructions, prescriptions and consent forms.
Completing these physical therapy forms can be aggravating to some patients especially those second or more visitors. While it might be annoying for patients to complete these forms, it is an important part of patient care and treatment. Simply put, information from these physical therapy forms can be of vital use to the physical therapists.
The personal information captured from these physical therapy forms can be used for establishing a relationship with the patients. The physical therapist can continue communicating with his patients through email or their mobile phone by sending newsletters, updates and even birthday greetings. This is a subtle way of putting the physical therapist’s name in the forefront of their patients’ minds.
The medical history from these physical therapy forms can provide the therapist vital facts on the health issues of the patients. Although the physical therapists will make their own full assessment, the medical history is a good starting point. The concerns and symptoms provided by patients when completing the physical therapy forms will give a physical therapist a general idea on the problem.
The physical therapy forms can also capture information on the list of prescriptions and allergies patients have. The importance of this data cannot be stressed enough since treatment and care can depend on them. Failure to full disclose this information can sometimes have fatal results.
Not only will the physical therapy forms capture the personal health information of the patient but the family medical history as well. This is equally important since many ailments and medical conditions are genetic. Again, treatment and care may be affected by these facts.
The social history of the patients can also be included in the physical therapy forms. Care must be taken in handling information from this section because some information might be embarrassing such as addictions, sexual activities but the medical impact of non-disclosure can also lead to fatal results.
As a physical therapy business owner, you can lessen the aggravation of patients when filling out these physical therapy forms.
You can make them available online so physical therapy patients can complete before the actual appointment. If this option is not available, you can have sent the physical therapy forms ahead upon the request of the patient.