Posted: February 17, 2016

Ineffective History Taking


In this vignette, viewers are given an example of ineffective medical history. The clinician makes assumptions about his patient's anatomy, leading him to ask questions that are not relevant to his patient's medical history or health. The vignette concludes with the clinician apologizing to the patient and modeling behavior that would be useful for clinicians who find themselves in similar circumstances. This vignette is part of a clinical vignette series highlighting various aspects of the health of LGBT and gender nonconforming populations and is designed to give learners the opportunity to analyze clinician-patient communication strategies. The series can be used in a variety of ways from independent learning to small group learning to large group learning. Each clip is generally 3-5 minutes long with discussion questions and additional resources listed at the end of each scenario. In an ideal setting the learner would be able to practice the communication strategies identified after viewing the vignettes. Actors: Clinician - Henry Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: Toni (Patient) - Robin Smith.


LGBT, Health Promotion, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Non-Conforming, Clinician-Patient Communication


Carey Roth Bayer, EdD, RN, CSE, Morehouse School of Medicine