Many methods are now used to acquire medical history data. The authors have divided the medical history into two parts: the "problem history" and the "data-base history." These represent the traditional "history of present illness" and "past history and system review." They recommend using a physician's assistant to help a patient record his own "data-base history," either with a questionnaire or through a computer console.
This data-base history, they say, should be used in the context of a "defined data base" for a problem-oriented medical practice. (However, any physician can utilize such a data base.)
They divide self-administered "data-base histories"
Acquisition of the History Database.. Ann Intern Med. ;77:664–665. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-4-664_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(4):664-665.
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