Illegible handwriting of doctors is a big issue for both the patients as well as pharmacists as it carries the risk of misinterpretation.
Recent guidelines from the Medical Council of India (MCI) mandate that doctors must write prescriptions legibly and in capital letters. They must also furnish a complete and detailed prescription to ensure that there is no chance of incorrect treatment. Although a good move, it is hardly being adhered to by practitioners.
However, you may have noticed that the bad handwriting issue is practically universal.
A doctor explained the reason for this on Quora:
I got first prize in handwriting competition in school. But, now. Holy lord. During exam, one can call the first page of my sheet as etched by a craftman. A damn perfect cursive writing. Beautifully written words. Later, even I can’t read my own stuff.
We have to complete long answers in minimum time. Anxiety kills us. We are not given any choices in exams. We have to write everything.
Trust me, it is not what it seems to be in a non medico exam. So, we develop poor handwriting. Damn our exams.
And these jokes on Twitter say the same:
I’d probably make a great doctor because my hands are always ice cold and my handwriting is so bad it could potentially kill somebody.
— Elyse O’Rahilly (@WhimsicallyDark) November 22, 2016
@AzylSagara 3.) I have really bad handwriting. My teachers in high school told me i wrote like a doctor.
— Azel on Ice (@AzylSagara) November 4, 2016
Don’t worry if your handwriting is bad it means you’re going to be a doctor 😂
— حنين (@haniinrj) October 25, 2016