First, Do No Heteronormativity: Onely at the Doctor’s July 9, 2009Posted by Onely in As If!, Dating, Everyday Happenings, Food for Thought.
Tags: divorced widowed single, new patient form, singles' health, supportive relationship
My new doctor’s office provides holistic care based on an assessment of the patient’s physique, mentality, and life circumstances, as opposed to just treating isolated symptoms. It’s a progressive office, so I was intrigued to read this question on their patient intake form:
Are you? [ ] married [ ] divorced [ ] widowed [ ] single [ ] in a supportive relationship?
“Married” was eight spaces to the left of “divorced/widowed/single” (themselves each separated only by two spaces), which was five spaces from “in a supportive relationship”. This seems to imply three groupings, wherein divorced/windowed/single and supportive relationships (which might mean “dating”) are mutually exclusive. Is this a purposeful grouping or just sloppy formatting and poor wording? Because read another way, the question could also imply that a married relationship might not necessarily be a supportive one (heaven forbid!).
This is how I think the question should read:
Are you: [ ] married [ ] divorced [ ] widowed [ ] single
And do you have: [ ] a supportive relationship or relationships?
This is how I answered the question:
Are you? [ ] married [ ] divorced [ ] widowed [x ] single [ x] in a supportive relationship?
Copious Readership, how would you interpret this question, and how would you answer it?