Having a good relationship with their patients is crucial for health care providers as this can be a vulnerable time in their lives. Having a teenage patient who is pregnant will require additional time and attention in order to obtain necessary information to provide the highest quality of care. Interview and Communication Techniques Teenagers can be stand-offish towards health care professionals and they can feel guilt and have anxiety about what their future holds. When conducting a health history to gather patient information, it is important to validate their concerns and give them respect. By asking open-ended questions, a more detailed history can be obtained. Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, and Stewart (2015) state that initiating conversations by utilizing open-ended questions will lead to more specific details later in the conversation. Active listening is also an important part of a thorough health history and assessment. By
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