Reasons For Visit

If required, for each encounter, you can specify up to four reasons for a patient's visit to your health service.


The Reason For Visit Clinical Record Feature must be enabled. See System Parameters - Clinical for more information.

If you want to be able to add clinical items to the 'Reasons For Visit' list automatically, the Reason For Encounter Clinical Item Attribute must also be enabled. System Parameters - Clinical

Adding reasons for visit

You can add reasons for a patient's visit either automatically from the clinical item, or manually in the progress notes.

To add a reason for a patient's visit automatically:
  1. In the patient's clinical record, click Add Clinical Item iconClinical Item.

    In the Clinical Terms Browser, select the required item.

    In the Add Clinical Item window, set Reason For Encounter.

    Click Save.

At the end of a consultation, to specify a reason for the patient's visit manually in their Clinical Record:
  1. On the Progress Notes tab, in the Reasons for Visit section, click Manage Reasons.
  2. In the Reasons for Visit window, click Selection list iconSelect and from the Reason 1 list, select the primary reason for the patient's visit. Both the clinical items that have been previously applied to this patient, and all items in the Reasons for Visit lookup table are included in the list.
  3. Alternatively, in the Reason 1 field enter a reason.
  4. If required, repeat steps 2 or 3 in the other Reason fields, adding up to 4 reasons.
  5. Click OK.


The selected reasons are displayed on the 'Progress Notes' tab.

Example Reasons for visit

In the Progress Notes, if you delete a clinical item for which you set Reason for Encounter, it is also removed from the Reasons For Visit list.