Patient History

Obtaining a comprehensive and detailed history from a patient (or anamnesis) is the first step in a thorough assessment and ensures that the clinician will be guided by the patient’s needs and wishes when subsequently formulating an appropriate treatment plan. This Learning Pathway is based on a Learning Module together with patient cases offering examples of important, relevant information gleaned from the patient’s anamnesis.

On completion of this Learning Pathway you should be able to:

  • define anamnesis
  • explain why a detailed patient history is required in the process of determining a diagnosis
  • distinguish between patient-reported symptoms and clinical signs
  • list the required components of the anamnesis and the reasons for obtaining this information
  • describe examples of relevant information obtained from patient anamnesis  
Publication date: Apr 4, 2018 Last review date: Mar 28, 2021 Next review date: Mar 28, 2024
  • Anamnesis
  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Communication
  • English
  • General Topics
  • Languages
  • Pathway
  • Patient Factors & Compliance
  • Structured Assessment & Treatment Planning

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