The Interview


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The Interview:

The medical interview serves several functions. It is used to collect information to assist in diagnosis of the present illness, to understand the patient’s values, to assess and communicate prognosis, to establish a therapeutic relationship and to reach agreement with the patient about further diagnostic procedures and therapeutic options. The interview also offers an opportunity to influence patient behaviors.

Discuss the following:

Please answer the following questions and include your rationale and evidence-based research to support your written work.

  • What does it means to document accurately and appropriately?
  • What are the documenting guidelines? When is it appropriate to use abbreviations?
  • What is the difference between subjective and objective data?
  • What does it mean to demonstrate clinical reasoning skills?
  • How can you use clinical reasoning to plan the organization of a comprehensive exam?
  • How will you document variations of normal and abnormal assessment findings?
  • What factors influence appropriate tools and tests necessary for a comprehensive assessment?
  • Reflect on personal strengths, limitations, beliefs, prejudices, and values.
  • How will these impact your ability to collect a comprehensive health history?
  • How can you develop strong communication skills.
  • What interviewing techniques will you use to interview the patient to elicit subjective health information about their health history?
  • What relevant follow-up questions will you use to evaluate patient condition?
  • How will you demonstrate empathy for patient perspectives, feelings, and sociocultural background?
  • What opportunities will you take to educate the patient?

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The Medical Interview
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A medical interview is a therapeutic and diagnostic tool that is used by physicians to
assess the medical situation. It is a difficult skill that requires the use of both the emotional and
intellectual skills of the physician. Interviewing is a practical skill that can only be learnt through
practice. A medical interview is a conversation that is undertaken where the physician has clear
goals and objectives in his mind (Buchanan, 2015). Through medical interviews, the physician
can be able to collect information and influence the behaviors of the patient.
Documenting accurately and appropriately means that the physician records all the
relevant information accurately. An accurate and appropriate documentation, therefore, means
that the physician provides an accurate record of the care planning, treatment, and delivery. This
should be done after the involvement of the patient and preferably immediately after the
occurrence of an event. Good documentation is, therefore, a critical skill that is needed by
physicians as it can be used in court.
The documentation guidelines were created to outline the content for the record keeping
of the medical history, physical examination and decision making process. The documentation
guidelines vary due to the uniqueness of every situation. Abbreviations can cause many medical
errors in situations of misinterpretation. They are therefore very critical to patient safety and
should only be used when necessary in shortening long medical terms which cannot be otherwise
Subjective data refers to information according to the point of view of the patient also
referred to as symptoms. This may include; feelings, concerns, and perceptions that are usually
obtained through medical interviews. Objective data is measurable and observable data also
known as signs. This includes; physical examination, laboratory testing, and observation.



Clinical reasoning refers to the process where the physician collects information, process
it, understand the pa...

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