The authors propose a method of summarizing clinical data to serve
patient care. The proposed one-page summary uses diverse visual
presentations of data, including small graphs for ratings and drug dosages,
time lines for clinic visits and hospital stays, and genograms for
inherited illness, as well as a textual presentation of recent clinical
notes. The summary depicts a patient's recent and lifetime clinical
experience. It allows the viewer to assess relationships between
interventions and outcomes for psychiatric and medical problems.
Computerized patient information systems, which are increasingly being
used, can present data in virtually any form. The authors hope to encourage
mental health professionals to reshape psychiatric records.