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Article: Volume 42 Number 4 Page 308 - May 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 308-315

Dental Practice:  Essentials of Medical History-Taking in Dental Patients

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Abstract: The starting point in the assessment and management of any patient is dependent on good history-taking. The main parts of the history-taking process well known to practitioners are the presenting complaint, the history of the presenting complaint and the current and past medical history. This paper concentrates on those aspects of the process that are particularly important to dental practitioners.

Clinical relevance: The cornerstone of safe and effective patient management lies with the history. This paper describes various aspects of history-taking and highlights important areas.

Author notes: Mark Greenwood, PhD, MDS, FRCS FDS, FHEA, Consultant/Honorary Clinical Professor, School of Dental Sciences, Newcastle University, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4BW, UK.

Objective: To understand the basics of history-taking in dental patients.