Skip to Main Content

++

The purpose of the history (Table 6-1) is to:

++

  1. Develop a working relationship and establish lines of communication with the patient.

  2. Elicit reports of potentially dangerous symptoms, or red flags, that require an immediate medical referral (Table 6-2).1

  3. Determine the chief complaint, its mechanism of injury, its severity, and its impact on the patient's function.

  4. Ascertain the specific location and nature of the symptoms.

  5. Determine the irritability of the symptoms.

  6. Establish a baseline of measurements.

  7. Elicit information on the history and past history of the current condition.

  8. Gather information about the patient's past general medical and surgical history, which can afford the clinician some insight as to the impact the information may have on the patient's tolerance or response to the planned intervention.

  9. Determine the goals and expectations of the patient from the physical therapy intervention, and the functional demands of a specific vocational or avocational activity to which the patient is planning to return.

++
Table Graphic Jump Location
Table 6-1. Contents of the History

Want remote access to your institution's subscription?

Sign in to your MyAccess profile while you are actively authenticated on this site via your institution (you will be able to verify this by looking at the top right corner of the screen - if you see your institution's name, you are authenticated). Once logged in to your MyAccess profile, you will be able to access your institution's subscription for 90 days from any location. You must be logged in while authenticated at least once every 90 days to maintain this remote access.

Ok

About MyAccess

If your institution subscribes to this resource, and you don't have a MyAccess profile, please contact your library's reference desk for information on how to gain access to this resource from off-campus.

Subscription Options

AccessPhysiotherapy Full Site: One-Year Subscription

Connect to the full suite of AccessPhysiotherapy content and resources including interactive NPTE review, more than 500 videos, Anatomy & Physiology Revealed, 20+ leading textbooks, and more.

$595 USD
Buy Now

Pay Per View: Timed Access to all of AccessPhysiotherapy

24 Hour Subscription $34.95

Buy Now

48 Hour Subscription $54.95

Buy Now

Pop-up div Successfully Displayed

This div only appears when the trigger link is hovered over. Otherwise it is hidden from view.