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Test Writing Tune Up. How to turn ho-hum questions into high-octane performers. Test Writing Tune Up. Question #1: OK 1. Patient age is an example of: A.     demographic data. B.     Payer information C.     Epidemiological data D. Aggregate data. Test Writing Tune Up.

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Test Writing Tune Up

How to turn ho-hum questions into high-octane performers


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Question #1: OK

1. Patient age is an example of:

A.     demographic data.

B.     Payer information

C.     Epidemiological data

D. Aggregate data


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Question #1: Better

Which of the items listed below is an example of demographic data?

A. Age

B. Diagnosis

C. Treatment

D. Insurance


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Question #1: High Performance

Which of the following items contains demographic data?

A. The patient is a 49 year old male admitted with cancer of the lung, stage II.

B. The patient was treated with surgery and radiation therapy.

C. The patient’s insurance is Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

D. The patient was discharged after 5 days to continue treatment as an outpatient.


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Question #2: OK

Objective symptoms of an illness are also called:

A. Diseases

B. Signs

C. Impressions

D. Diagnoses


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Question #2: Better

Abdominal pain is an example of:

A. An objective symptom

B. A subjective symptom

C. A syndrome

D. A sign


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Question #2: High Performance

The patient was admitted with the complaints of headache, chest pain, and fever. The patient took aspirin which did not relieve the pain, however, after taking the aspirin he experienced nausea, and had one episode of vomiting, after which he said he felt somewhat dizzy and had blurring of vision. No loss of consciousness. The patient stated he has been under a lot of stress recently.

What are the patient’s objective symptoms?

A. Headache and chest pain

B. Stress and nausea

C. Fever and vomiting

4. Dizziness and blurred vision


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Avoid these potholes!

  • The correct answer is much longer than the distractors.

    Which of the following could be called reference data?

    A. ICD-9-CM codes

    B. Laboratory results for an individual patient

    C. An American Hospital Formulary Service drug listing used in a hospital pharmacy

    D. Birth and death certificates


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Avoid these potholes!

  • The stem of the question is ambiguous, such that more than one choice could be correct.

    Which of the following represents documentation of the patient’s current and past health status?

    A. Physical Exam

    B. Medical History

    C. Physician Orders

    D.Face Sheet


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Avoid these potholes!

  • A catch-all response, with more than one correct distractor.

    The first step in planning an in-service should be to:

    A. Identify the audience and then select the topic

    B. Select a topic and then identify the appropriate audience

    C. Design a program to respond to an organizational change

    D. Any of the above, depending on the specific circumstances


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Avoid these potholes!

  • Grammatical constructions in the stem that favor a specific response.

    Redness, swelling, pain and heat are signs of an:

    A. Infection

    B. Tumor

    C. Seizure disorder

    D. Keratoma


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Take these questions to the shop

Turn these knowledge-recall question into an application or analysis-level question.

When a patient develops symptoms as the result of the interaction of two prescribed drugs this is called:

A. An accident

B. An adverse effect

C. A late effect

D. Poisoning


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A condition that is passed from parent to child through genetic inheritance is most correctly called:

A. A congenital disease

B. A hereditary disease

C. A familiar disease

D. A blood disease


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When a patient is admitted to the hospital for an acute condition, and also has a previously-existing chronic condition, this is called:

A. A complication

B. A co-syndrome

C. A codiagnosis

D. A comorbidity


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For questions, comments or feedback please contact:

Pat Hertel, MA, RHIT

Education Specialist

[email protected]


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