|Year : 2005 | Volume
| 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 Publication||30-Jun-2012|
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Al-Umran K. Teaching tips - General questions to consider. J Fam Community Med 2005;12:59
- 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?