Medical history taking
In health care, the medical history taking is a systematic and thorough interview of the patient for symptoms and risk factors of disease or abnormality as well as relevant psychosocial factors that might affect the expression of treatment of disease.
The medical history taking complements information gathered in the physical examination and is an important part of the physician-patient relationship. The medical history contributes more to diagnosis than does the physical examination.
Collaborative agenda setting may reduce, "oh by the way," requests by patients at the end of the visit.
Soliciting the patient's narrative may be more effective than asking closed ended questions.
The accuracy of diagnoses reported by patients may be low for diseases such as sinusitis.
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