Concluding your letter
Thank you for continuing the care of ... (patient name OR this patient)
I would appreciate your further assessment and management OR treatment...
I would be grateful for your opinion regarding ... (e.g. future management)
I would appreciate if you could see ... (this patient OR name) as soon as possible for further manage.
I would appreciate if you could keep me informed about his further management.
Language for mentioning prescribed medications and other treatment, describing surgical procedures, effects of treatments.
Pay attention to the tenses and how the sentences are structured.
Mentioning prescribed medications and other treatment
Mr. St. Paul was prescribed OR was treated with ... (medication + dosage)
He was given ... (treatment 1 + treatment 2 +...)
I prescribed ... (treatment 1) followed by ... (treatment 2), in addition to OR combined with... (treatment 3)
I advised him on ... (management of problem OR action to take)
Describe surgical procedure
An arthroplasty was performed
He underwent ... (surgery OR procedure)
Describe effect of treatment
Initially he responded well to ...(treatment)
Unfortunately his (symptoms) flared up again.
After (event or reaction), his medication was changed to ... (medication)
He has been able to...(activity e.g. shower) without assistance
His post operative recovery was...
Commonly accepted abbreviation
Describing routine medications
Her current medications include / are ...
She also uses ... (medication) for ... (symptom OR illness)
Mentioning effects or side effects of medication
(Patient name or He / She) has OR has not responded to.. (medication)
(Symptom) was (not) relieved by (oral medication e.g. Zantac)
Her complaint usually settles with... (medication OR activity)
The medication caused significant ... (symptoms)
Mentioning risk factors
He has significant risk factors, such as...
His (cardiovascular) risk factors include ... (e.g. smoking, obesity, family history of...)
She has smoked 15 cigarettes a day for the past (time)
Other risk factors include...
Please note that she is...
GIVING PAST HISTORY
(Using simple present tense)
He/ She has a history of _____ (symptoms OR illness) OR has a (time adjective e.g. 5-year) history of _____.
His past medical history includes _____.
He also suffers from_____ of (time) duration
Giving important negatives
(using simple past tense)
The third assessment category for OET is CONCISENESS AND CLARITY and identifying which information is and isn’t important for your reader.
CONCISENESS AND CLARITY (7 points)
To get a grade B requires you to score 5 out of 7 in this criteria.
The Candidate considers irrelevant information. Health professionals do NOT want irrelevant information that wastes their time or distracts from what is essential.
Self assess your writing by asking these questions:
Summarise the information you include in concise and clear language.
Agatha Peters, 73 years old,...
Patient name OR This patient OR He / She first attended my clinic
On his first visit on ..., he was / had been suffering from ... (symptoms OR illness)
On ... (date), Mr. Cho presented to (clinic OR hospital ) complaining of ... (symptom) for the previous ... (time line) which was not responding to ... (treatment)
I did a home visit with Mr. Roy on ...(date) and he was complaining of / suffering from ... (symptoms)
His complaints had set in 10 days earlier OR 10 days previously and were / seemed to be related to ... (activity OR medication)
On ... (date), Mr. Roy presented to ... (clinic OR hospital) complaining of ... (symptoms) for the previous ... (time line e.g. two days) which was not responding to ... (medication) and which got worse when he ... (activity)
Re: Mary Brown, DOB 10 August, 1970 OR 46 years old
Patient identity embedded with case summary and reason for referral opening sentence
Thank you for [urgently] seeing (the above patient OR Ms. Brown), a 66 year-old ... (worker, profession) with ...(diagnosis) OR recovering from / suffering from ... (illness) OR following ...(incident / treatment)
I am (referring / writing to refer) (this patient / name) aged 46 years old...
Giving reason for admission
This lady was admitted...