Using names in secondary essays

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  1. K271

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    I apologize if this has already been discussed, but when we are writing essays about our experiences, is it appropriate to use a patient's real name? If not, how should I write about them? Is something such as "Mr. A" good enough? Thanks in advance...
     
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  3. jot

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    first names work well i think (The real ones, so you don't forget who they are talking about when they bring up your fake name) - thats what i've used, and its working out
     
  4. CaNEM

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    Most schools prefer you use the patient's social security number, leaving out the two dashes.
     
  5. jot

    jot

    :laugh:

    way to try and kill thousands of applications canem. thats not ethical. ;)
     
  6. chopsuey

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    i was told not to use real names....but i think that applies more to last names. i agree with Mr. A or just using first names for patients (Dr. A or things like that for doctors).

    good luck! :)
     
  7. CaNEM

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    Haha, sorry.

    K271, in health care, you shouldnt use a patient's full name outside of the clincal setting, because of patient confidentiality. Nicknames are good.
     
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    Yes, do not use the patient's real name. Use Ms. A or Mr. A or something of the like. You do not want to violate patient confidentiality. It's a major no-no!
     
  9. Random Access

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    This is key. At least when you say "John" or "Mrs. G," and it's their real name, you have a much better chance of remembering whom you wrote about.
     

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