Dictation during patient visit: Tried it, liked it


Fam Pract Manag. 2002 Jan;9(1):14.

To the Editor:

Thank you for “Seven Reasons to Dictate in the Presence of Your Patients” [September 2001, page 37]. I had been toying with the idea of dictating in the room with patients ever since I saw the orthopedic specialists doing it during my residency.

I tried it and liked it so much that I will continue it indefinitely. Many of the benefits mentioned in the article have already materialized. In addition, I’ve noticed one benefit that was not mentioned in the article: privacy. I no longer have to worry who is listening as I stand at my station or duck around the corner to dictate sensitive information.


Send your comments to fpmedit@aafp.org. Submission of a letter will be construed as granting AAFP permission to publish the letter in any of its publications in any form. We cannot respond to all letters we receive. Those chosen for publication will be edited for length and style.


Copyright © 2002 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact fpmserv@aafp.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests.

Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions


Mar-Apr 2020

Access the latest issue
of FPM journal

Read the Issue

FPM E-Newsletter

Sign up to receive FPM's free, weekly e-newsletter, "Quick Tips & Insights."

Sign Up Now

COVID-19 Collection

What's the latest on telehealth coverage? How do parking lot visits work? What financial assistance is available for practices? How do I keep my family well when I come home from work? Visit the FPM COVID-19 collection for answers and ongoing updates.