Using Followup Follow up Follow-up in Medical Transcription

by Rachel on August 22, 2010

In medical transcription, we do not use follow-up anymore so you can eliminate that one.  We have followup and follow up left.

If you can remember that followup is a noun or adjective and follow up is a verb, that is half the battle.

The patient had a followup scheduled for her primary physician.

She has a followup appointment today.

I am going to follow up with the patient.

Angie suggested I tell you the rule she goes by when working with followup and follow up:

If “in” or “a” or “for” is in front of “followup,” then use the one-word followup.

If “to” or “will” is in front of “follow up,” then use the two-word follow up.

Hope that helps!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy August 26, 2010 at 12:47 am

Thanks for the follow-up not being used at all anymore. That actually was one of the choices I was still taking into consideration and I’ve been typing a long time!

Lee September 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Follow up (two words) can also be used as a verb.

Rachel September 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Lee, thank you for the information. I will add it to the post.

Missy January 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thanks a lot :)

Julie May 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Well my company is still using all three forms so I really have a difficult time with figuring out when to use the hyphen form.

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