In the outpatient setting, we see clipboards all the time. New patients are often handed a clipboard that contains several pages of forms. When the nurse or medical assistant comes in to the exam room, he/she often holds a clipboard (or your chart) to record your information and data. Then, when the physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant comes into the room, he/she is probably also holding your chart or clipboard. Now, here come the important questions:
- Does the doctor sit or stand while he/she talks to the patient? Patients seem to prefer it when the doctor is sitting.
- If there's a computer in the room, does the doctor spend most of the time looking at the computer screen or the patient?
- If there's a keyboard attached to the computer, is the doctor typing away or looking at the patient?
- If the doctor is using a tablet (in slate mode), then he/she won't be typing. That doctor will be tapping on the screen with a stylus pen. When interacting directly with a patient, is that better or worse than typing on a keyboard?