A woman has created a "health curriculum" to take to her doctor's appointments and the doctors think it's brilliant

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  • On Tuesday, the writer and mother Shannon Dingle shared a tweet showing the "curriculum vitae" she created.

  • Dingle said the curriculum, which includes his medical history and other information, helped quell his anxiety about forgetting important health information during medical examinations.

  • Doctors and other patients responded to the tweet by saying they loved the idea and wishing more people had regained health.

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When you think of a resume, you probably think of a piece of paper that outlines your work history. But a North Carolina writer and a mother of six named Shannon Dingle have recently rethought the curriculum as a health document that could make your next trip to the doctor less stressful.

On Tuesday Dingle shared a tweet with an image of his "curriculum vitae", a document he created to outline his medical history (including previous surgical procedures and diagnoses), health and treatment goals and a little about his family and his personal life. Dingle created the document using a standard Microsoft Word curriculum template.

"This is a new thing I'm doing with medical appointments: organizing all my information in one place and asking to be seen as a complete person. I'll let you know how it goes," Dingle wrote in Tweet.

Later that day, Dingle shared an update that his doctor appreciated his medical curriculum. Other doctors have also responded, tweeting to Dingle that although his concept was intelligent and useful for both patients and healthcare professionals.

"I am a therapist and this will be a great suggestion for when I will have clients with severe PTSD", or post-traumatic stress disorder, a person He said. Dingle replied, saying his PTSD was a reason he decided to create the document in the first place. Her personal website and the Twitter profile says she is a survivor of sex trafficking.


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"This is one of the reasons why it works so well for me. I have PTSD, and having all of this presented in this way makes me feel safer in seeing doctors," Dingle wrote. She added that the document prevents her from accidentally forgetting crucial or detailed information she wishes to share during her appointments.

Another doctor who works in an emergency room said that Dingle's idea is a "dream come true" because it helps doctors better treat those with complex health problems.

"And when your work is easier, our treatment can be easier! It's useful all around," Dingle He answered.

Others told Dingle that, as patients, they would use his idea of ​​health to have a better and more productive visit to the doctor.

"I like the idea. My" history "folder looks like War & Peace. The curriculum version might be more useful for new or unvisited suppliers often," a woman wrote.

Dingle told followers that he plans to share the model he used early, as well as how he cut out a piece of his resume to help his doctors better understand his medical history.


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