Wednesday, April 01, 2009

BATHE Mnemonic

When taking a history, the BATHE procedure can be useful in moving to a discussion of psychosocial problems.

Click here to select this response a) Background: what is going on in your life?
Click here to select this response b) Affect: how do you feel about that?
Click here to select this response c) Trouble: what troubles you the most about this?
Checkbox selected 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.
Click here to select this response 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!

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