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 [his´to-re]

a systematic account of events.

health history a holistic assessment of all factors affecting a patient’s health status, including information about social, cultural, familial, and economic aspects of the patient’s life as well as any other component of the patient’s life style that affects health and well-being. The health history is designed to assess the effects of health care deviations on the patient and the family, to evaluate teaching needs, and to serve as the basis of an individualized plan for addressing wellness.

medical history information obtained from the patient to aid in establishing a medical diagnosis and developing a treatment plan.

nursing history a written record providing data for assessing the nursing care needs of a patient.

Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

health history

Health insurance A form used by underwriters to assist in evaluating groups or persons to determine whether they are acceptable risks to insure.

McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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Q. I took my friend to a doctor and he questioned her about her history of alcohol. My friend who is a county level athlete is a superb runner. We were all sure that she would be selected for high level competitions. Two years back she lost one of the track events and did not make any attempt to try again. Her problem started when she lost her mother during a practice session. This has been very hard on her and has led to a trauma so much so that she has lost her confidence and has started drinking. She has never touched alcohol before in her life and has become such a wreck that I feel so sad for her. When I last met her she was in a bad condition and was drinking more heavily than usual. She did recognize me though and I sat and talk to her for a long time. I took her to a doctor and he questioned her about her history of alcohol. I do not know how long all this is going to take as she has no family members alive and is totally alone. Her dreams have perished and she feels helpless. I will help her all I can with information and whatever else I can do for her apart from the treatment she has started on.

A. I am so happy that you have a helping nature. First of all, let her treatment go on for as long as she needs it, as she needs to regain her lost strength before she makes a comeback as an athlete. It`s very difficult to be by her side all the time though she might need a friend at this desperate juncture since she has lost her dreams. You can support her by admitting her in a rehab center or any other organization that helps alcoholics. I hope she will get well soon.

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