chapter  18
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Be Curious

When Curious About What a Patient Has Said, Ask More Questions to Obtain Useful Information and Show the Patient That You Are Interested
WithRachel Glick

Curiosity may have “killed the cat,” but it can help the interviewer obtain information that is richer and helpful in the clinical setting. This chapter illustrates how connecting with a patient by showing an interest in their story and asking questions to clarify details can lead to a much more meaningful interchange. The current reliance on the electronic medical record for efficiency and fact finding threatens clinicians’ curiosity; intentionally utilizing this technique and letting the interview go where your curiosity leads can be refreshing and fruitful in the clinical interview.