How to Elicit a Patient's Health History


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This is an effective way to elicit a health history that involves a focused conversation between the patient and the health care provider.

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1. This is a current health concern that acts as the reason for the health care visit.

2. This is additional information that is collected to understand the full picture of the chief complaint.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Getting a health history from a patient has been simplified with a standardized approach and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the universal format for taking patient histories. You'll learn about organizing the history into chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical history, and other categories.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definition and scope of:

  • The patient interview / health history
  • Chief Complaint (CC)
  • History of Present Illness (HPI)
  • Review of Systems (ROS)

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson called How to Elicit a Patient's Health History
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a thorough and effective patient interview
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Review of Systems and History of Present Illness
  • Interpreting information - verify you understand the meaning of abbreviations such as HPI and ROS

Additional Learning

To learn more about health histories, review the accompanying lesson called How to Elicit a Patient's Health History. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define health history and patient interview
  • Name the sections in a complete health history
  • Recognize what information is appropriate for each section of the history