A woman created a 'health resume' to bring to her doctor's appointments, and doctors think it's genius

Stuart Jenner/ Shutterstock‘I have PTSD, and having this all presented like this makes me feel safer about seeing doctors,’ Shannon Dingle wrote.
  • On Tuesday, writer and mum Shannon Dingle shared a tweet that showed the “health resume” she created.
  • Dingle said the resume, which includes her medical history and other information, helped quell her anxiety about forgetting important health information at doctor’s visits.
  • Doctors and fellow patients responded to the tweet saying they loved the idea and wished more people had health resumes.
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When you think of a resume, you likely think of a piece of paper that outlines your work history. But a North Carolina writer and mum of six named Shannon Dingle recently reimagined the resume as a health document that could make your next trip to the doctor less stressful.

On Tuesday, Dingle, shared a tweet with an image of her “health resume,” a document she created to outline her medical history (including previous surgeries and diagnoses), health and treatment goals, and a bit about her family and personal life. Dingle created the document using a standard Microsoft Word resume template.

“This is a new thing I’m doing with medical appointments: organising all my info in one place and demanding to be seen as a full person. I’ll let you know how it goes,” Dingle wrote in the tweet.

Later that day, Dingle shared an update that her doctor appreciated her health resume. Other doctors chimed in too, tweeting to Dingle that they though her concept was smart and helpful for patients and health care providers alike.

“I’m a therapist and this will be a great suggestion for when I have clients with severe PTSD,” or post-traumatic stress disorder, one person said. Dingle replied, saying her own PTSD was a reason she decided to create the document in the first place. Her personal website and Twitter profile say she’s a sex trafficking survivor.

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“That’s one of the reasons it works so well for me. I have PTSD, and having this all presented like this makes me feel safer about seeing doctors,” Dingle wrote. She added that the document prevents her from accidentally forgetting crucial or detailed information she wants to share during her appointments.

Another doctor who works in an emergency room said Dingle’s idea is a “dream come true” because it helps doctors better treat those with complex health problems.

“And when your job is easier, our treatment can be easier! It’s beneficial all around,” Dingle replied.

Others told Dingle that as patients, they would be using her health resume idea themselves to have better and more productive visits to the doctor.

“I like the idea. My ‘history’ folder looks like War & Peace. The resume version might be more useful for new or not often visited providers,” one woman wrote.

Dingle told followers that she plans to soon share the template she used, plus how she sectioned off each portion of her resume to help her doctors better understand her medical history.

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