Why do we do the things we do?

Recently our practice began looking at our new patient information and medical history sheet because we are going to run out of the ones we presently use.  The source that we used to buy this sheet from has drastically changed the format.   (They are now asking patients twice the amount of personal private information)

We carefully and with great consideration looked at the increased amount of information that they wanted us to ask and we thought WHY?

Isn’t it easy to forget the purpose of the information we collect?

I remember this story by Anthony de Mello…

When the guru sat down to worship each evening the ashram cat would get in the way and distract the worshippers. So he ordered that the cat be tied during evening worship.

Long after the guru died the cat continued to be tied during worship. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the ashram so that it could be dully tied during evening worship.
Centuries later learned treatises were written by the guru’s disciples on the essential role of a cat in all properly conducted worship. (de Mello, 1982, Song of the Bird, p.79).

We have add our new patient and medical history sheet online so other members of Smartdentist can modify it for their own practices.