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Week 1 Discussion Post: Building Health HistoryDiscussion Week 1: Building a Health HistoryNURS-6512N-24 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic ReasoningMay 30, 2017Cynthia Nwokocha RN BSN Initial PostThe health history interview is a conversation with a purpose. The primary goal of the clinician– patient interview is to improve the well-being of the patient. The purpose of conversation with a patient is to establish a trusting and supportive relationship, to gather information, and to offer information. Using effective communication techniques and appropriate assessment or screening tools, you will promote trust and convey respect, and you will allow the patient’s story to unfold in its most full and detailed form. For this week’s discussion post, the 76-year-old African-American male with disabilities in an urban setting will be selected in the example for this discussion.Interview and Communication TechniquesEffective communication skills are needed to build a trusting relationship with the patient. The patient should feel comfortable that they chose the right health provider. Effective communication is built on courtesy, confirmation, connection, and comfort (Ball et al., 2015). The clinician will
greet the 76-year-old male respectfully by knocking on the door before entering the room. The clinician will also identify how the patient would prefer to be addressed; and address him by the preferred name. In the elderly