Journal of Family & Community Medicine
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contact us Login 

Users Online: 1037 Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size


 Table of Contents 
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59  

Teaching tips - General questions to consider

Chief, Directorate of Medical EducationCollege of Medicine, King Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2012

Correspondence Address:
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 23012074

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

How to cite this article:
Al-Umran K. Teaching tips - General questions to consider. J Fam Community Med 2005;12:59

How to cite this URL:
Al-Umran K. Teaching tips - General questions to consider. J Fam Community Med [serial online] 2005 [cited 2021 Dec 2];12:59. Available from:

  • What do I think is going on even before I get into the room?
  • Is this patient's age important to this case?
  • Is this patient's gender important to this case?
  • What are common causes of this problem in this population or geographic area?
  • What is my objective for this visit? Is it just to address the identified problem or to do a more general assessment?
  • What do I need to know about this complaint?
  • How will I organize my data collection?
  • How should I relate to the patient and/or family?
  • What other medical history do I need?
  • What social history do I need?
  • Do I need to assess for substance abuse?
  • Do I need family history?
  • What kind of a review of systems should I perform?
  • Have I asked about medication and allergy history?
  • Have I asked about use of over-the-counter or alternative (such as herbal) medications?
  • What kind of physical examination would be most appropriate?
  • Do I need all of the physical examination techniques needed to assess this complaint?
  • Are these techniques sensitive to and/or specific for a particular diagnosis?
  • What is on my differential diagnosis? Have I included both the things that are probable and the things that are potentially serious?
  • Do I need laboratory testing?
  • Are there other diagnostics such as imaging studies that I should consider?
  • Do I need a consultation?
  • If I decide to treat, what are my treatment options?
  • Is cost a factor in choosing a treatment?
  • How well will this patient and/or family want (or be able) to adhere to this treatment plan?
  • Are there health maintenance or health promotion needs for this patient?
  • Should I address these needs on this visit, or is a follow-up visit necessary?
  • Does this patient need follow-up for the presenting complaint?
  • How will I know if my treatment has been effective?
  • What cultural factors may be important in the diagnosis or treatment of this problem?
  • Is there anything else I should be thinking about?


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Access Statistics
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

  In this article

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded135    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal

Advertise | Sitemap | What's New | Feedback | Disclaimer
Journal of Family and Community Medicine | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow
Online since 05th September, 2010