Interviewing Specific Groups

Because family medicine is a specialty of breadth as well as depth, the clinical interview can be challenging. Communicating effectively with patients and family members who have various communication abilities and various agendas is a challenging task that is never fully mastered. However, experience achieved through years of clinical practice does result in learned techniques that can help the clinical interview flow smoothly and create a pleasant experience for the patient and physician. The development of a healthy patient-physician relationship is itself therapeutic and is enhanced by the conduct of a productive clinical encounter. Successful approaches of practicing clinicians for communicating with typical patient types are listed in the Pearls.

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