When taking a history, the BATHE procedure can be useful in moving to a discussion of psychosocial problems.
|a)||Background: what is going on in your life?|
|b)||Affect: how do you feel about that?|
|c)||Trouble: what troubles you the most about this?|
|d)||H is 'handling' - How are you handling that? This explores the patient's resources and responses more broadly than only asking them about help seeking.|
|e)||Empathy: that must be very difficult for you.|
BATHE is also a good way to make deep conversation with your close friends instead of the usual superficial stuff!