The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice / Edition 5

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Master the art of conducting a medical interview and in the process hone your communication skills. The authors have also created a downloadable interview organizer that can be used as a management tool for their first interviews.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Sally Ling, M.D.;FACP(University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine)
Description: This is the fifth edition of a book that strives to present all the important and practical information that is useful to anyone who conducts clinician-patient interviews. It was previously published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful information from the patient, so that the best medical care can be provided.
Audience: The book is written for medical students and other healthcare professionals who are just learning the process involved in medical interviews as well as for those experienced clinicians who are working on continual improvement in this critical skill. The authors are well respected for their contributions to the field of medical interviewing.
Features: Each traditional aspect of the history is discussed in part one. The second part of the book reviews special situations such as the geriatric patient, cultural competency, telling bad news, ethics, and malpractice concerns. The book is remarkable for its completely realistic examples and scenarios which are used well to illustrate the teaching points.
Assessment: This is a very useful and readable book for beginning students, or for those looking to hone their skills in certain situations. New chapters on ethics and the law and the sexual history are both timely and well written.
This text for students in medicine, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant programs focuses on interactive skills as tools for gathering data objectively and precisely and for building relationships with patients. Real clinician-patient dialogues, both correct and flawed, are presented as examples. Coulehan (preventative medicine, State U. at Stony Brook, New York) and Block (family medicine, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital) cover topics such as alternative medicine, malpractice prevention, telling bad news, adolescent interviewing, spirituality, and cultural sensitivity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803612464
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 409
  • Sales rank: 174,465
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

I: The Patient's Story

1. Interviewing as a Clinical Skill

2. Respect, Genuineness, and Empathy

3. Chief Complaint and Present Illness

Other Active Problems, Past Medical History, and Family History

5. The Patient Profile

The Sexual History

7. Review of Systems, Physical Examination, and Closure

8. The Clinical Narrative

II: Basic Skills in Practice

9. Communication in the Office Setting

10. Pediatric and Adolescent Interviewing

11. Interviewing the Geriatric Patient

12. Cultural Competence in the Interview

III: Challenges in the Interactive Process

13. Difficult Patient-Clinician Interactions

Telling Bad News

15. Talking with Patients about Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Ethics and the Law

Malpractice and the Clinical Interview

Education and Negotiation

19. The Medical Interview at Work


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