Originally Posted by Smashingdude
So, I've been wondering with this question for a while. Are we supposed to counsel the patients to get regular screening test for their age group?
I mean, every patient above 50, are we supposed to ask if they had screening with Colonoscopy/rectal exam in males, and mammography/pap in females? If they haven't, should we counsel them to get regular ones?
This is a really nice question.. I didnt do it myself but my guess would be YES.. if you have time do it.. it shows that you care for the patient in an integral way and not only care for his/her present complain. I would say do it if you have time but first summarize and counsel regarding present complain and then go to those.
However if he is a patient 55 male with rectal bleeding then of course you will talk about colonoscopy because it is linked to the chief complain.