From pigeons to person: reimagining social history

Grainne P. Kearney*, Richard L. Conn, Helen Reid

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History taking frameworks, diligently instilled into health professions learners the world over, follow a standardised pattern. ‘Social history’ comes near the end, after exploring the reason for consulting, past medical, family, and medication history. Yet experienced clinicians recognise that a person's social context is fundamental to any consultation. Could reimagining how we teach ‘social history’ within consultation frameworks help reinstate the centrality of the person in healthcare?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-259
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Teacher
Issue number3
Early online date28 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022



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