Chamberlain College of Nursing NR 305
Instructor Ludella Brown
Spring B 2012
Journal Article Review
‘A guide to taking a patient’s history’ is an article published in the Nursing Standard Journal, volume 22, issue 13, dated December 5, 2007, written by Hillary Lloyd and Stephen Craig. In this article, Lloyd and Craig describe the most effective and professional way to take a history from a patient in a variety of settings and the strategic reasons why doing so will achieve the best results.
Summary of Article
Hillary Lloyd works for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland and Stephen Craig works for Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, and both are senior nursing lecturers in the area of history taking and nursing assessment (Lloyd & Craig, 2007 p. 42).
In this article, Lloyd and Craig explain how using a systematic approach to taking a patients history can be done precisely and professionally and will gain the most accurate record from the patient. Preparing the environment, communication styles, obtaining consent and history-taking process are the major components in the sequence of questions the patient is asked throughout the interview (Lloyd & Craig, 2007 p. 42-44).
Taking a patient’s history will happen in all types of situations and in all kinds of environments. For these reasons, there is some “set-up” that needs to take place before the interview can begin. The nurse needs to make sure that the patient is as comfortable as possible, both physically and mentally. The nurse should also attempt to make the room free of distractions to ensure that the patient has adequate time to answer questions and no information is missed. The nurse needs to try, to the best of her ability, to give the patient respect and dignity no matter what environment they are in. This will enable the patient to trust the nurse which will ensure that even the most