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    Follow-up vs follow up

    Hi experts, which of the following is correct: 1) The patient was lost to follow-up (noun). 2) The patient was lost to follow up (verb). I am from medical transcription industry, and this is a sentence we hear dictated by many doctors. We are not permitted to change the structure of the sentence to any other more grammatically perfect form. Basically my question is: Does the "lost to" take a noun/noun phrase or a verb?

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    Re: Follow-up vs follow up

    Quote Originally Posted by negie1979 View Post
    Hi experts, which of the following is correct: 1) The patient was lost to follow-up (noun). 2) The patient was lost to follow up (verb). I am from medical transcription industry, and this is a sentence we hear dictated by many doctors. We are not permitted to change the structure of the sentence to any other more grammatically perfect form. Basically my question is: Does the "lost to" take a noun/noun phrase or a verb?
    "Lost to follow-up" means that there is no further chance of renewing contact with the patient, client, student, etc. The term is used mainly in healthcare and educational settings. As "follow-up" in this context means "further action", as in "There is no opportunity for further action or contact," it functions here as a noun.
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    Re: Follow-up vs follow up

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    "Lost to follow-up" means that there is no further chance of renewing contact with the patient, client, student, etc. The term is used mainly in healthcare and educational settings. As "follow-up" in this context means "further action", as in "There is no opportunity for further action or contact," it functions here as a noun.
    Oh, great explanation! Thank you.

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