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Old 01-10-2012
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Can we say the word ok after the SP responds to the questions we are asking.
EXample:
Doctor- Mrs Smith do you have chest pain??
Mrs Smith- Yes doctor since a week ago
Doctor- Okay, and did you have any fever??

That word okay, are we able to use it. Kaplan CS complex cases says not to use it, but honestly is something I say while practicing without even thinking, is just like part of the conversation. Also I believe I heard that ok with CSE videos.

Can someones tell me what to do. Use it or not???
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U can use the word.. I read it in kaplan too that u can't use the words okay or good, as it means "u r saying the patient its normal". But its not mentioned so in FA or UW, so I went ahead n used it.
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I also want to know that..because i cant stop myself using the word OK..and sometimes i feel awkward why i am using this if patient is having problems..
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You could say 'I see' for a change. What say?
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I dint read kaplan, and i used it everywhere...:-)
I feel "okay" means "yes i understand wat your telling me go ahead" because after he says his problem he looks at us for our response, "I see" is a good idea but "okay" comes more spontaneously than " I see" for most of us.
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it sounds annoying when you say ok all the time, i think its better left unsaid
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i think its better not to say ok, or use any repetitive words
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ok,

yup its totally ok to say ok
ok is a very common and well understood word in the english language I dont know if your asking about ok for sep reasons but I used it in the exam constanly just like in csevideo and I passed with a great report.

it lets the sp know you are being curtious and not just doing whatever you want without asking their permission. so yes you can use ok
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I agree. The word "ok" doesn't mean a whole lot, but the lack of it makes a person look like an awkwardly quiet, non-communicative person.

It's like a sit-com without the fake laughter.

That said, it's also ridiculous if a you abuse it: ok, so then, ok, i'm going to now ask about family....okay!!!???

I think that you can combine ok, i see, hmmju, etc to not sound utterly dull.
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