2.3 Components of a Health History

The purpose of obtaining a health history is to gather subjective data from the patient and/or their care partners to collaboratively create a nursing care plan that will promote health and maximize functioning. A comprehensive health history is completed by a registered nurse and may not be delegated. It is typically done on admission to a health care agency or during the initial visit to a health care provider, and information is reviewed for accuracy and currency at subsequent admissions or visits.

A comprehensive health history investigates several areas:

  • Demographic and biological data
  • Reason for seeking health care
  • Current and past medical history
  • Family health history
  • Functional health and activities of daily living
  • Review of body systems

Each of these areas is further described in the following sections.

Image showing drawing of stethoscope inside circle shapeThe “History and Physical” documentation in a patient’s medical record is completed by a health care provider on admission to a health care agency. It is very similar to the health history obtained by a nurse and is helpful to read when caring for a patient for an overview of their treatment plan.


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