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PRIMARY CARE FOR WOMEN: The Art of Interviewing

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  • Mark Quirk EdD,

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    • Dr. Quirk is Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Assistant Dean for Student Academic Achievement at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts. He is the Director of Behavioral Science at the Medical School and has done research on smoking cessation and HIV prevention.

    • Dr. Quirk and Ms. Casey have each appeared as guest lecturer for the Boston University School of Public Health Nurse-Midwifery Education Program.

  • Linda Casey MA

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    • Ms. Casey is Project Director with the Drug Policy Research Group in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at the Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. She has participated as a patient actor in interview courses for medical and nurse-midwifery students, physicians, and nurse-midwives.

    • Dr. Quirk and Ms. Casey have each appeared as guest lecturer for the Boston University School of Public Health Nurse-Midwifery Education Program.


Mark E. Quirk, EdD, Professor, Family and Community Medicine, UMMC, 55 Lake Ave. N., Worcester, MA 01605.

ABSTRACT

This article focuses on the skills, attitudes, and goals required for effective history-taking during comprehensive health assessment in the primary care setting. The approach presented is characterized as “patient-centered” in that the woman is engaged in the problem-solving process. Specific communication skills are discussed, and attitudes and goals that enable primary care providers to adopt a patient-centered approach to relationship-centered care are included.

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