Open questions

Advantages of open-questioning

  • encourage the patient to tell their story in a more complete fashion
  • prevent the stab-in-the-dark approach of closed questioning
  • allow the doctor time and space to listen and think and not just ask the next question
  • contribute to more effective diagnostic reasoning
  • help in the exploration of both the disease and illness frameworks
  • set a pattern of patient participation rather than physician domination
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