Fact vs opinion
Where a report has been requested in relation to a specific incident, it is likely that you will be asked to provide a statement of fact as a professional witness, ie, giving your account of events leading up to and including the incident. You should only report the facts as you know them. If, however, you are asked to give an opinion, you must only comment within your area of expertise.
Writing the report
Your report should be based on:
- The medical records
- Your own recollection of events
- Your usual practice.
Your report should be:
- Detailed – it is better to provide too much information than too little
- Clear – avoid ambiguity and explain who did what and when
- Objective – state the facts. Do not use the report to criticise others or make general comments.