Ten-minute history-taking station example
What the candidate reads
Julia Russo, 65 years old, has come alone to your office with the following complaint: “I just can’t cope. Everything seems to be going wrong.” She brought with her a note from her son which she gave to your receptionist (see below).
In the next 10 minutes, complete a focused history and mental status examination.
My mother is no longer able to manage herself and her affairs. She makes frequent financial mistakes such as not paying her bills, getting overdrawn at the bank, and hoarding money in her home. The bank manager is very concerned and so are we. She is not herself. She seems sad and irritable. She does not remember much of what we, or others tell her. We are afraid that she is not safe at home and should not be living on her own.
Thank you for your help.
What the examiner completes
Fill in the bubble for each item completed satisfactorily
2. Asks about changes in daily activities
3. Asks about
4. Elicits dangerousness/risk factors
5. Elicits constitutional signs and symptoms
6. Conducts mental status testing
7. Elicits family history of dementia
8. Elicits past medical history
If UNSATISFACTORY, please specify why:
|Inadequate medical knowledge and / or provided misinformation|
|Could not focus in on this patient’s problem|
|Demonstrated poor communication and / or interpersonal skills|
|Actions taken may harm this patient|
|Actions taken may be imminently dangerous to this patient|
Did this candidate demonstrate a lapse in professional behaviour?
|Disrespectful to others (e.g., to patient, nurse)|
|Over-investigated / over-managed the patient|
|Actions raised ethical and / or legal concern|
|Briefly describe the behaviour for any of the above reasons or any other observed lapse :