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February 17, 1975

Problem-Oriented Medical Record

Author Affiliations

Summit, NJ

JAMA. 1975;231(7):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240190011003

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To the Editor.—  While reluctant to add fuel to the controversial fire of the advantages of the Weed system's problem-oriented medical record, I cannot let a misconception of the method persist unanswered. I still hear remarks of how more time is required to implement the system, and Dr. Waisbren's letter (230:38, 1974) is about the same complaint.Speaking from the vantage point of one who has made the change to the problem-oriented medical record and thus knows firsthand the advantages and disadvantages of both systems, I can unequivocally state that the Weed system definitely does not require more doctor time in its daily use.I shall not enumerate the many advantages of the Weed method for both the practicing physician and his patients. These points have been made elsewhere.What about start-up time, or the problem of making the switch and the time spent in filling out all "those forms"?