History Taking

What this Module Involves

History Taking is one of the most important skills required by a doctor. Many clinicians argue that 70% of the diagnosis can be found in the history, with follow up investigations, imaging and special tests only really required to answer initial doubts. This course will go through the principles of history taking, what questions to ask, and how we can tailor this to different presenting complaints.


Section 1: Intro

To begin with, we will go through a basic script using an acronym that you can use as a basis for taking histories. More importantly, we then go through this template line by line so that we can understand why we are asking these specific questions and what information we hope to gain.

Section 2: Specific examples

With any template, it is only good if you are able to apply it to different situations. This section will cover how to use the template to explore different presenting complaints. You should see how each history is very similar, but involves modulating specific aspects, like the presenting complaint and systems review.

Section 3: Special Cases

Whilst our template works well for most presenting complaints, this section teaches us how to tackle more difficult histories, such as the paediatric and psychiatric history. We aim to go through which additional bits of info we need to collect and how we can do this using a structured, easy-to remember method. 

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