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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tracy Scott, DNP (University of Colorado College of Nursing)
Description: This is an update of a book that uses a multidisciplinary approach to design a clear plan for conducting a comprehensive patient interview. This approach enables the clinician to establish a trusting relationship, validate patient concerns, and gather the information necessary to create a patient-centered treatment plan.
Purpose: The goal is to outline a step-by-step process for conducting an effective yet efficient interview using the biopsychosocial model. This is a worthy objective in light of the connection between patient outcomes and the psychological and social factors involved in the disease process. The book meets the objectives by providing a clear, step-by-step process for conducting a patient-centered interview.
Audience: The approach presented in this book is appropriate for clinicians from beginner to experienced, in any practice setting.
Features: This guide begins by setting the stage, explaining time limits, using open-ended question to obtain a detailed history of present illness, transitioning to the middle of the interview, and summarizing to prepare the patient for direct questions. Specific approaches to data gathering offer relevant ideas for use in the real world. The book offers helpful information regarding personality types, cultural competence, communication barriers, and the children.
Assessment: The book offers valuable information for clinicians interested in establishing a quality therapeutic relationship with patients. Although it offers information helpful for any level of experience, it would prove particularly helpful to novice clinicians. This update considers the advances in technology and the challenges as clinicians move toward electronic bedside charting.