Which type of history, comprehensive or focused, is most appropriate and why?
1. A new patient has presented at a local clinic for treatment of a “red, bumpy rash” on his hands. The patient is 47 years old and is accompanied by his wife. The nurse is preparing to take a health history.
a. Which type of history, comprehensive or focused, is most appropriate and why?
b. Identify and discuss the various components of the appropriate history.
c. What sort of information will be documented by the nurse?
d. After the patient is treated for the skin problem, what type of health history will the nurse complete when the patient returns to the clinic, and why?
In health assessment, history taking and record-keeping are paramount. The type of history the doctor or the nurse take helps in knowing which questions to ask and enhances communication skills. In some instances, it might be challenging to gather information from the patient; thus, history can be taken from a relative, friend, or caretaker (Bonnamy & Walker, 2016). Such instances are when the patient is not in a position to speak, mentally impaired, or maybe a child. Taking health history is essential to the clinicians and helps them to establish a therapeutic relationship with the patients. This paper seeks to explain more about health assessment and the types of history taking applicable through a case study of a new patient who………….
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