Learning About the Patient: c The Process of Interviewing_
nce you have devoted time and thought to preparing for the interview, you re fully ready to listen to the patient, elicit the patient's concerns, and learn )out the patient's health. In general, an interview moves through several ages. Throughout this sequence, you, as the clinician, must always be attuned to the patient's feelings, help the patient express them, respond to their content, and validate their significance. A typical sequence follows.
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