chapter  28
Collect the Social History First
Re-Order the Traditional Interview to Better Engage Reluctant Patients
WithSarah Schrauben
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Some patients arrive to the clinical encounter disinterested. Beginning the psychiatric interview with a social history allows the clinician to establish rapport quickly and establish a connection to the patient. The social context also helps contextualize symptoms and inform treatment. Approaches to introducing the social history are reviewed and challenges for the clinician addressed. Investing in an introductory social history pays dividends in efficiency and efficacy as the interview and treatment relationship progress.