The Jigsaw Diagram

If you have read some of my previous posts or followed me on Twitter it is likely you have seen my “jigsaw” diagram in its various incarnations. I drew it, initially, to try and understand the relationships/causes between the various conditions I have ended up with. It then dawned on me that it would a good way of showing a new doctor or surgeon the complexity of my case on just a single page. This first illustration is an early version.

Early version of diagram

I attached it to a Tweet during a #patientchat to illustrate how I like to communicate. The very positive response that I received from both patients and doctors was very gratifying. There were a number of requests for the template I used. I have therefore removed the text that was specific to my case and saved the file in both the original Keynote format and a Powerpoint format.

If you click on the links below you will be able to download the appropriate file. Please feel free to use them however you wish. I hope you find it useful and would be grateful if you could credit me if you use it.

Medical Jigsaw – Keynote Template

Medical Jigsaw – PPT Template

…and then someone set me the challenge of making an interactive version. Taking the initial, simple diagram I added many more “nodes” that when clicked would open up the relevant documents or test results.

Latest Version – updated March 2019

The link below will take you to an web based version. It was not too difficult to set up but needed a knowledge of “mapping”. The most time consumng part was redacting personal details from the documents.

http://www.wrestlingtheoctopus.com/MedRec