Communication TechniquesThe patient I selected is the preschool aged white female living in a rural community. Obtaining an accurate health history is essential when treating patients. When dealing with a pediatric patient, communication should focus on the child, but also include the caregivers (Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, & Stewart, 2015). Observing the relationship between the child andcaregiver is important, as well as noting how the caregiver responds to the child, as this can give clues to further issues the caregiver is facing and can provide evidence of underlying problems needing to be addressed (Ball et al., 2015). Establishing a rapport with the child should include, physically, getting on their level, introducing yourself, and using terms they understand to decrease anxiety and fears (Ball et al., 2015). Because the child may be limited in their communication, questions would mostly be directed to the caregiver, and include a history of maternal health during pregnancy, as well as issues during delivery and any issues after that (Ball et al., 2015).
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