Conducting sensitive patient interviews
Bob Price Programme director in distance learning, RCN Institute, London
Nurses are frequently engaged in the process of sensitive interviewing, whether taking a health history, dealing with a complaint or exploring a problem with a patient. This article explains key principles in the conduct of sensitive interviewing and highlights the use of a laddered question framework that can be used to manage necessary intrusion into the patient’s situation and promote understanding.
Nursing Standard. 18, 38,45-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2004.06.18.38.45.c3623
Published in print: 02 June 2004Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review