Friday, July 31, 2009

FOLLOWUP VS. FOLLOW UP

Followup (noun or adjective) -- Transcribed as one word

The patient will have home health followup for more...
He will return for a followup visit...
He was soon in followup for his broken wrist...
He was given a followup appointment....


Follow up (verb) – Transcribed as two words, no hyphen (the hyphen is no longer necessary; it is acceptable, but not the preferred way of transcribing it according to the AAMT BOS)

The patient will follow up after....
The patient will follow up on Tuesday...
The patient will follow up with her PMC...
He will follow up in two weeks....

TIP: The check yourself with the above terms, try saying the phrase with an "s" on the word "follow" (i.e., she follows up). It doesn't make sense to say "she comes in for a follows up visit" – it must be she comes in for a followup visit. It doesn't make sense to say "the patient follows up will be in three weeks" – it must be the patient's followup will be in three weeks, right? However, it does make sense to say "she follows up in three weeks" – in this case two words would be correct because it is used as a verb.

You can use the above tip for similar terms such as "workup vs. work up" and "makeup vs. make up," etc.

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