Thursday, December 17, 2009

Patient journals/diaries/calendars: case(s)

I've just realized I haven't posted since October! I guess there has been a lot going on and not much time to write about it. Mostly I have been busy in the teaching rooms which continues to be productive and fascinating. The rest of the time is increasingly taken up with ordering pamphlets and tracking pamphlet orders. For some reason more and more of them are being requested by various nurses and doctors, even though fewer of them are available for order in print format as information goes digital. Finding a balance between print and e-resources is proving to be a challenge which is a topic for another day.

Keeping track

What I' m going to post today is a list of journals/diaries/calendars that can be given to patients and families when they are asked to keep track of behaviours, symptoms and/or side effects of medications. Doing so can help in the diagnostic and treatment process. Because it is often hard remember how often you can't sleep or feel anxious for example, keeping track while it happens helps the doctor/nurse get a better sense of what's really going on. There are a variety of instances in which such a thing can be useful.

Here are some of the most commonly requested:


Health Link BC: Sleep diary

Keeping track of symptoms:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Mood and anxiety calendar
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario: Mood diary (pdf)
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: Bowel disorder symptom diary (pdf)
Ovarian Cancer Action: Ovarian cancer symptom diary Daily symptom diary for kids Tracking fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms
The Lung Association: Asthma diary card (scroll down)
American Urogynecologic Society Foundation: Bladder diary
National Headache Foundation: Headache diary
World Headache Alliance: Headache diary

Medication side effects and pain:

American Cancer Society: Track cancer side effects and pain


WebMD: Food diary and food allergy triggers
American Cancer Society's Great American health challenge: Food diary
US Gov. Weight-Control Information Network: Sample food diary (scroll down)

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