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Description of symptoms


What is bothering you?


What are the symptoms like?


What have you tried? Is this a new problem or a recurrence?


When or how did it start?


Where are the problems/symptoms?

Description of things that may precipitate, exacerbate, or relieve symptoms

A-Aggravating factors

What makes it worse?

R-Remitting factors

What makes it better?

Objective information


What prescription, nonprescription, and herbal supplements do you take?


What allergies do you have?

C-Coexisting conditions

What other medical conditions do you have?

Patient age, sex, height, weight


Subjective information

Patient occupation


Patient dietary habits


Patient sleep habits


*Table created by Bernadette Cornelison adapted from SCHOLARMAC.

References for SCHOLARMAC

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Krinsky  DL, Ferreri  SP, Hemstreet  B,  et al. Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care. 19th ed. Washington, DC: APhA Publications; 2018.
2. +
Wheeler  SQ, Windt  JH. Telephone Triage: Theory, Practice & Protocol Development. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers Inc.; 1993:85.
3. +
Leibowitz  K, Ginsburg  D. Counseling self-treating patients quickly and effectively. Proceedings of the APhA Inaugural Self-Care Institute, May 17–19, 2002, Chantilly, VA.

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