Introduction to Taking a Patient History


This course has been designed with specific cases in mind to help build a student's HPI writing skills.


Case 001
3m 17s
999 | Acute onset, severe right sided flank pain, nausea and emesis
1 min 37 sec
959 | Acute Onset, left lower leg edema and pain, left-sided chest pain and shortness of breath
1 min 50 sec
996 | Acute onset, sharp and pleuritic chest pain on the left side
1 min 44 sec
322 | Rectal bleeding and abdominal pain
min 59 sec
873 | Acute Onset, Severe Abdominal Right Upper Quadrant Pain
2 min 3 sec
912 | Acute onset, right hip pain
1 min 39 sec
1007 | Acute onset, facial rash with vesicles
1 min 38 sec
917 | Acute onset, aphasia
1 min 58 sec
958 | Acute onset, syncope
1 min 57 sec
778 | Severe agitation, tremors with history of alcoholism
1 min 55 sec


Obtaining an accurate patient history is one of the most important skills any clinician or healthcare provider can learn. In fact, History is the most important part of diagnosing a patient as up to 80% of diagnoses are made on history alone.

This course has been specially designed to help develop a student’s history taking skill. Any common HPI writing system such as OLDCARTS, PQRST, etc. can be used with these cases. The course progresses in difficulty with the first cases providing very thorough and accurate histories. Then they slowly progress in difficulty either through lack of information provided or from difficulty in obtaining history from the patient. By the end of the course, will have learned how to obtain an accurate patient history and convey it in a concise and reliable manner.

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Course Author

Dr. Christopher Behringer
ReelDx Faculty