This is in the US.
Inspired in part by this recent thread regarding records, how do I obtain a complete record/disclosure of my medical history, especially in cases where I do not remember or was too young to remember what doctors I saw, what diagnoses were made, or what treatments were provided?
This thread seems to presume that the curious patient knows what doctors they have seen (but just doesn’t know how to ask for the records), but how do you obtain records when you aren’t sure what doctor it was? I have a pretty good idea of what doctors I have seen as an adult, but I don’t remember how many doctors I saw as a child, and my family also lived in more than one area and also did some traveling so there could be a doctor I saw once or a few times in some other town when I was three years old.
In terms of the report, I would be ok with either obtaining copies of the medical files themselves (wow, this handwriting is 30 years old, and think of how small I was!), or a condensed list of dates with doctors seen, conditions diagnosed, or treatments ordered, e.g.:
1/3/1982: Dr. James Jones, Podunk, WI: Ear infection, Prescribed 10mg penicillin twice a day for two weeks.
6/25/1985: Dr. Ann Matthews, Farmville, CA: Evaluation for chronic cough, no specific diagnosis made, recommended that cough be monitored and that patient return if it gets worse.
8/6/1987: Dr. Victor McGee, Gordon, MA: Laceration to leg, applied bandages, recommended no physical education in school for one week.
Could I get this information by ordering some kind of background check on myself? I know that medical information is normally considered confidential here and is subject to strict disclosure rules, but in this case I would be consenting to have my records disclosed to myself.