Dear Neil, I try once more. [*see note below]
BA good way of informing patients and spreading education on health is the adoption of Personal Health Booklet(PHB).
Patient has the right (!) to keep with him the details of the medical contact, i.e past history-present complaints-clinical findings-laboratory tests-suspected diagnose(!!) - treatment- signature of the doctor and address.
The booklet is a personal property, secretely kept. For no reason it should be left at the clinic. All medical contacts being private or public, specialistic or ordinary must be recorded in the booklet.
Advantages of it are many, one of them is to regulate mal-overprescription of drugs.
May I ask you to stimulate a debate on 'my' proposal?
HIFA profile: Massimo Serventi is a long-standing Pediatrician working in Africa since 1982. He currently works on a volunteer basis in an excellent missionary/credited hospital in north Uganda, St. Mary's Hospital-Lacor-GULU. He has worked for several NGOs in 6 African/2 Asian countries. His interests include clinical and community pediatrics, adherence to clinical guidelines and school education as the major determinant of good health. massimoser20 AT gmail.com