health history

Unit 2 Health History. 1000w. 4 references. Due 3-14-23

Consider performing a health history on someone that may not be able to provide you with answers, such as an infant, child, an elderly person, a developmentally disabled individual, or patients who speak a language you do not know.

  • What strategies would you employ to obtain a complete health history?
  • Provide a rationale for why you think these strategies would be effective.
  • Research and summarize an evidence based article the addresses the importance of obtaining accurate health history.
  • What impact does health history have on patient’s outcome?

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format.



Attaining a patients’ complete health history is an essential part of the plan of

patient care. The examination of an older patient has numerous unique attributes in

contrast to the usual system of the medical history and physical examination. (Bickley,

2016). Healthcare providers must learn to assume many skills, practices, and approaches

when examining the aging patients. As a future nurse practitioner, I will obtain health

history through the patients’ parents if the patient is a minor or an infant. If the patient has

a developmental delay or is hearing impaired, I will obtain health history from one who has

medical power of attorney, or from an interpreter. If the patient has a language barrier, I

will find a family member or interpreter to help with the medical examination and history.

For the aging adult, there is a need for better-conversing methods, with distinct stress on

interview topics, and a focused performance examination. (Bickley, 2016). Parents need

to know the importance of an accurate health history for their child’s medical records. A

precise series of questions will be directed towards the parents concerning the child’s

current state of health. This is an efficient method since the parents and family members know most of the pertinent information about their children and close family. If I am

having to use an interpreter, I will have a questionnaire prepared for the user to gain the

needed health history and information for an examination. This is a practical approach

since patients’ can more effectively communicate with their native language. As a future

nurse practitioner, one of the most important things you can give your patient is your

undivided attention with one-on-one conversations. (Bickley, 2016). It is essential to

spend plenty of time to devote time for small talk to help ease the stress the patient may

feel having to come in for an exam, stay away from writing notes, looking at their chart, or

looking at a computer monitor. (Bickley, 2016). Make the patient feel important and that

you are interested in their needs and care. (Bickley, 2016).


Bickley, L. S. (20160620). Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 12th

Edition [VitalSource Bookshelf version]. Retrieved from vbk://9781496354709

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