Handwriting is considered bad if it prevents other people from being able to read the copy. Some people think that many doctors have bad handwriting. According to Time, doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. However, D. Berwick and D. Winickoff showed that "the handwriting of doctors was no less legible than that of non-doctors" and that "significantly lower legibility than average was associated with being an executive and being male". There is evidence that individuals who have ADHD tend to have poorer handwriting compared to their peers.
Bad handwriting can be a symptom of disease. For example, dopamine-responsive dystonia has the following symptoms (among others):
- near normal handwriting in infants/kindergarten years. (ages 3–5 school)
- poor handwriting in pre-teens years. (ages 8–11 school)
- very poor (worse) handwriting during teens years. (qv secondary school)
- bad handwriting (worsening) during post-teens years. (qv university exams)
- very bad handwriting (still worsening) during adult years. (qv post-graduate exams)
- worsening pattern of sloppy handwriting best observed by school teachers via termly reports.
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