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Family Medical Records (cont.)

Things Doctors Want to Know When They Evaluate a Patient

When doctors take a medical history from a patient, they typically go through a structured, routine set of questions that are combined with their examination and diagnostic information to help them to make medical decisions.

Other than questions pertaining to a presenting symptom or complaint, doctors usually want to know previous medical problems, recent hospitalizations, chronic (long-standing) diseases, operations, current medications, allergy or intolerance to medications, social and occupational history, medical problems of family members, name of the primary-care or family physician, and the date of last visit to the doctor.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2014

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