DAVID A. NARDONE, M.D.; JAMES B. REULER, M.D.; DONALD E. GIRARD, M.D.
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To the editor: Platt and McMath have written an excellent discussion about interviewing deficiencies (1). A modification of their format to address the flawed data base, especially as it relates to the inordinate time expenditure for the review of the systems, has proved useful in our experience of teaching house staff and students.
Current concerns, chief complaint, and other active problems are included under development of a symptom (problem) list (see Table 1). These are elicited directly after the section on the patient's lifestyle. Appropriate openers for this section might be, "What brings you here today?" . . . "What
NARDONE DA, REULER JB, GIRARD DE. Defective Medical Interviews. Ann Intern Med. ;92:567–568. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-4-567
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(4):567-568.
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