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WHACS Your Patients

Schuman, Stanley H. MD, DrPH; Simpson, William M. Jr MD

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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: October 1999 - Volume 41 - Issue 10 - p 829
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We have one answer to the needs identified by Dr Stephen McCurdy et al (J Occup Environ Med 1998;40:680-684 ) in their article on occupational history collection by third-year medical students. The authors recommended educational efforts to improve data collection for all patients, and they called for the identification of teaching methods to improve data collection.

We propose the teaching and use of WHACS, a mnemonic developed by the Environmental Medicine Curriculum Committee of the South Carolina Statewide Family Practice Residency Program (J Occup Environ Med 1997;39:1191-1194 ). WHACS is being taught to our family medicine residents and senior medical students as part of routine ambulatory care.

WWhat do you do?

HHow do you do it?

AAre you concerned about any of your exposures on and off the job?

CCo-workers or others exposed?

SSatisfied with your job?

Simplicity and consistency of history-taking is hard to achieve but a worthwhile goal for inpatient or outpatient care.

Stanley H. Schuman, MD, DrPH

William M. Simpson, Jr, MD

Department of Family Medicine; Division of Public Health and Public Service; Agromedicine Program/OEM Program; Medical University of South Carolina; Charleston, SC

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