chapter  39
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Consider the Social History in Your Assessment

Apply the Social History as a Tool for Understanding the Patient’s Diagnosis and Treatment
WithJodi Zik

Not asking about social factors affecting patients negatively impacts their care. This chapter explores how understanding the sociocultural context of a patient’s life sheds light on obstacles to treatment and avenues for preventive care. The importance of a social history for working with patients from diverse cultures is explored. Use of this technique and its theoretical grounding are reviewed.