JOHN NOBLE, M.D.; JOYCE D. YANO, M.D.; JANINA PROT WALD, M.D.; DORIS K. BARBER, M.D.; KENNETH T. BIRD, M.D.
To the editor: Two questions have often been asked during patient-care conferences on a rehabilitation and chronic disease unit at the Middlesex County Hospital: "What are we doing for this patient?" and "Has this patient's condition changed during recent months?"
A comprehensive assessment sheet (Figure 1) was developed to accurately describe a patient's medical and functional status. Photographs taken with a Polaroid 250 camera were added to the record. The photographs cost 33¢ each; after instant processing, they were stapled to the assessment sheets.
The daily function of a patient was objectively documented by scoring eight indexes developed by Carroll
NOBLE J, YANO JD, WALD JP, BARBER DK, BIRD KT. Patient-Care Assessment Sheet. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:903–905. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-6-903_2
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