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Seidel’s Guide to Physical examination 

Chapter 01: The History and Interviewing Process

Ball: Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination, 9th Edition


1. Which question would be considered a “leading question?”
a. “What do you think is causing your headaches?”
b. “You don’t get headaches often, do you?”
c. “On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the severity of your headaches?”
d. “At what time of the day are your headaches the most severe?”

2. When are open-ended questions generally most useful?
a. During sensitive area part of the interview
b. After several closed-ended questions have been asked
c. While designing the genogram
d. During the review of systems

3. Periods of silence during the interview can serve important purposes, such as:
a. allowing the clinician to catch up on documentation.
b. promoting calm.
c. providing time for reflection.
d. increasing the length of the visit.

4. Mr. Franklin is speaking with you, the healthcare provider, about his respiratory problem. Mr. Franklin says, “I’ve had this cough
for 3 days, and it’s getting worse.” You reply, “Tell me more about your cough.” Mr. Franklin states, “I wish I could tell you more.
That’s why I’m here. You tell me what’s wrong!” Which caregiver response would be most appropriate for enhancing
a. “After 3 days, you’re tired of coughing. Have you had a fever?”
b. “I’d like to hear more about your experiences. Where were you born?”
c. “I don’t know what’s wrong. You could have almost any disease.”
d. “I’ll examine you and figure out later what the problem is.”

5. After you ask a patient about her family history, she says, “Tell me about your family now.” Which response is generally most
a. Ignore the patient’s comment and continue with the interview.
b. Give a brief, undetailed answer.
c. Ask the patient why she needs to know.
d. Tell the patient that you do not discuss your family with patients.

6. A 36-year-old woman complains that she has had crushing chest pain for the past 2 days. She seems nervous as she speaks to you.
An appropriate response is to:
a. continue to collect information regarding the chief complaint in an unhurried
b. finish the interview as rapidly as possible.
c. ask the patient to take a deep breath and calm down.
d. ask the patient if she wants to wait until another day to talk to you.

7. Ms. A states, “My life is just too painful. It isn’t worth it.” She appears depressed. Which one of the following statements is the
most appropriate caregiver response?
a. “Try to think about the good things in life.”
b. “What in life is causing you such pain?”
c. “You can’t mean what you’re saying.”
d. “If you think about it, nothing is worth getting this upset about.”

8. You are collecting a history from a 16-year-old girl. Her mother is sitting next to her in the examination room. When collecting
history from older children or adolescents, they should be:
a. given the opportunity to be interviewed without the parent at some point during
the interview.
b. mailed a questionnaire in advance to avoid the need for them to talk.
c. ignored while you address all questions to the parent.
d. allowed to direct the flow of the interview.

9. Information that is needed during the initial interview of a pregnant woman includes all the following except:
a. the gender that the woman hopes the baby will be.
b. past medical history.
c. healthcare practices.
d. the woman’s remembering (knowledge) about pregnancy.

10. When interviewing older adults, the examiner should:
a. speak extremely loudly, because most older adults have significant hearing
b. provide a written questionnaire in place of an interview.
c. position himself or herself facing the patient.
d. dim the lights to decrease anxiety.

11. To what extent should the patient with a physical disability or emotional disorder be involved in providing health history
information to the health professional?
a. The patient should be present during information collection but should not be
addressed directly.
b. All information should be collected from past records and family members while
the patient is in another room.
c. The patient should be involved only when you sense that he or she may feel
d. The patient should be fully involved to the limit of his or her ability.

12. When taking a history, the nurse should:
a. ask the patient to give you any information he or she can recall about his or her
b. start the interview with the patient’s family history.
c. use a chronologic and sequential framework.
d. use a holistic and eclectic structure.

13. When questioning the patient regarding his or her sexual history, which question should be asked initially?
a. “Do you have any particular sexual likes or dislikes?”
b. “Do you have any worries or concerns regarding your sex life?”
c. “How often do you have intercourse and with whom?”
d. “Do you have any reason to think you may have been exposed to a sexually
transmitted infection?”

14. A guideline for history taking is for caregivers to:
a. ask direct questions before open-ended questions so that data move from simple
to complex.
b. ask for a complete history at once so that data are not forgotten between meetings.
c. make notes sparingly so that the patient can be observed during the history taking.
d. write detailed information as stated by patients so that their priorities are

15. Mr. D complains of a headache. During the history, he mentions his use of alcohol and illicit drugs. This information would most
likely belong in the:
a. chief complaint.
b. past medical history.
c. personal and social history.
d. review of systems.

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1. The History and Interviewing Process

2. Cultural Competency

3. Examination Techniques and Equipment

4. Taking the Next Steps: Clinical Reasoning

5. Recording Information

6. Vital Signs and Pain Assessment

7. Mental Status 8. Growth and Nutrition

9. Skin, Hair, and Nails

10. Lymphatic System

11. Head and Neck

12. Eyes

13. Ears, Nose, and Throat

14. Chest and Lungs

15. Heart

16. Blood Vessels

17. Breasts and Axillae

18. Abdomen

19. Female Genitalia

20. Male Genitalia

21. Anus, Rectum, and Prostate

22. Musculoskeletal System

23. Neurologic System

24. Sports Participation Evaluation

25. Putting It All Together

26. Emergency or Life-Threatening Situations

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