If you’re a pharmacist or a nurse, or maybe you’re a student, and you’re planning to deal with patients and gather information for patients, then you have to make sure that your history taking is timely, effective, efficient, and accurate. And in this video, that’s exactly what we’re going to start to look at.
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What is a patient history?
Well, you can think of a patient history as a patient interview, or rather an interview. And this is where you’re gathering information from the patient, with the aim to identify what is causing the patient’s symptoms.
Why is history taking important?
Remember, patients present with signs and symptoms, patients don’t usually present with a diagnosis. So it is your responsibility to gather that information, make sure it’s accurate, and be able to identify what is causing the patient’s symptoms.
How do you relate the history to the examination?
Well, the key thing to understand is that it’s your patient’s history that guides the examination. For example, if you have a patient who presents with chest pain, it would not be efficient for you to undertake a physical examination of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system or musculoskeletal system. There’s no art in that. There’s no skill in that. But if you could gather the patient history, identify the differentials and then utilize that information to be able to guide your physical examination, then you’re on the right track. So as a summary, your patient history is what would help you to identify the cause and what’s rather the disease that is manifested in the patient and causing the patient symptoms. Thank you