NURS 6512 Discussion: Building a Health History

Thank you for the post and it is great to hear a first-hand perspective from you as you can culturally relate to this patient. This patient is, in general, a part of a more inclusive and outspoken generation that has different expectations and ideas than the generations before them. For this patient, I think it would also be helpful not only create the safe, culturally sensitive environment that you mentioned but to also try to create a connection with the patient on a more personal level while stressing the importance that they be included and autonomous in all steps of their healthcare journey (Ball et al., 2023; Kim & White, 2018). Therefore, it is important not only to include open-ended questions and simple language but also to engage the patient and acknowledge her needs especially considering, as you said, the conservative nature of her culture and a lack of expression she may or may not experience in other areas of her life as a result. Additionally, I think it is also important not only to ask about her sexual activity practices but also how she identifies sexually and in terms of gender to help you as the provider to ask more specific questions and suggest more individualized care plans that you both can agree upon (Ball et al., 2023).

You pointed out several pertinent health risks for this patient. Within the occupational risks I think it would also be important to screen her for sexual violence or abuse especially considering that she spends late nights around individuals who have been exposed to alcohol and possibly other substances that can also influence their judgement. Unfortunately, we still live in a world where racial stereotypes and prejudice legitimize in the minds of some that some individuals are less than then and therefore deserve to be preyed upon. Women of color are at greatest risk for being sexually assaulted compared to their white counterparts, especially considering this country’s history with racism and sexism, and recent attacks on the reproductive rights and bodily autonomy of women (National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, NAESV, n.d.). Fortunately, I have not experienced sexual assault but, as a woman of color, I have experienced not only being sexualized because I am a woman but also because I am a women of color based on such stereotypes. I have also witnessed and heard stories of my peers and women of color in my community being placed in uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations that this young woman may also find herself in. Therefore, although she may not mention it because discussing sex is a sensitive and potentially triggering issue as well as considering her cultural background, I think it would be important to also screen for this risk.


Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2023). Seidel’s guide to physical examination: An interprofessional approach (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.

Kim, B, & White, K. (2018) How can health professionals enhance interpersonal communication with adolescents and young adults to improve health care outcomes?: Systematic literature review. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 23(2), 198-218.

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National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. (n.d.). Where we stand.

NURS 6512 Discussion: Building a Health History

Main Post: A 22-year-old LGBTQIA female Hispanic immigrant in a middle-class suburb

                                                                                  Summary of Interview and Communication Techniques

Effective communication is essential in obtaining a comprehensive patient history. As an advanced practice nurse, adapting communication techniques is vital for each patient’s unique needs. When dealing with a 22-year-old LGBTQIA female Hispanic immigrant in a middle-class suburb, creating a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere is crucial. Utilizing active listening, empathy, and culturally sensitive language can foster trust and encourage open sharing.

                                                                                                    Communication Techniques

Employing culturally sensitive communication techniques fosters rapport and encourages open dialogue with the patient:

Cultural Competence: Demonstrating cultural competence through respectful language and acknowledging the significance of her LGBTQIA identity and Hispanic ethnicity can help create a safe environment for sharing.

Active Listening: Active listening promotes a patient-centered approach. By attentively listening to her experiences, we can gather meaningful insights into her health concerns and challenges.

Empathy: Showing empathy towards her potential struggles related to both her LGBTQIA identity and immigration experience can build trust and facilitate open communication.

Nonjudgmental Attitude: Ensuring a nonjudgmental attitude allows the patient to discuss sensitive topics without fear of discrimination, contributing to a more accurate health history.

                                                                                               Social Determinants of Health and Targeted Questions

Tailoring questions based on the patient’s social determinants of health is vital. Exploring her cultural background, immigration experiences, social support, and potential health risks related to her LGBTQIA identity can provide valuable insights. Some targeted questions may include:

How has your cultural background influenced your perceptions of health and wellness?

Can you share your experiences as an LGBTQIA individual in your current environment?

How has the process of immigrating to this country affected your overall well-being?

Who are your main sources of support within your family or community?

Have you encountered any challenges accessing healthcare services in your new environment?

                                                                                                            Applicable Risk Assessment Instrument

The psychosocial assessment tool presented in Chapter 2 of the Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination text would be applicable to the selected patient (Ball, 2019). This tool helps assess mental and emotional well-being, as well as social support systems. Given the potential stressors related to immigration, cultural identity, and LGBTQIA experiences, this tool can provide valuable insights into the patient’s overall health status.

                                                                                                               Justification for Selected Questions

The five targeted questions align with the patient’s background, social determinants of health cultural beliefs, experiences as an immigrant and LGBTQIA individual, sources of support, and potential barriers to healthcare. They address immigration-related stressors, family support, LGBTQIA experiences, barriers to healthcare, and cultural influences. By asking these questions, the advanced practice nurse can identify potential risk factors and develop a more holistic understanding of the patient’s health needs.


Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2019). Seidel’s guide to

physical examination (9th ed.). Elsevier

Case E: Adolescent Hispanic/Latino boy living in a middle-class suburb.

Adolescence is a very crucial period in human development. This is the period between childhood and adulthood, typically between 12 to 19 years. There is rapid physical and psychological development at this stage. According to Erikson’s theory of social development, there is a need to establish a strong identity and sense of direction in life; failure at this stage may lead to a lack of commitment and a weak sense of self (Cherry, 2022).

Interview and a description of the communication techniques that will be used.

Effective communication is essential in establishing rapport and gaining a patient’s confidence. A thorough conversation and evaluation should include the use of excellent communication skills and appropriate questioning tactics. When beginning an interview with this new patient, I will introduce myself and explain my role in his care. He will be assured of confidentiality of the information being discussed made to feel comfortable. His cultural and ethnic background must be used to guide the communication. If patient is with his parents for instance, he will be given the chance to decide whether he would want the parents to be present at the time of the interview. This is because he may be uncomfortable talking about sensitive issues in the presence of his parents.  First, I will inquire whether he can communicate effectively in English. If not, an appropriate translator will be used. This is because language can be a significant barrier to getting the correct and needed information from the patient. Cultural values of Latinos, such as kindness, relationship, respect, and modesty, must be ensured during the interview (Juckett, 2013).  The LEARN technique, which involves Listening attentively to the patient and understanding their perspective, Explaining your perspective, Acknowledging differences and similarities between the two of you you, Recommending a plan of care, and Negotiating a mutually agreeable solution, will be employed when interviewing the patient for understanding and cooperation. A “Teach back” approach will be used to verify that directives are accurately received.

How to build a health history based on the patient’s social determinants of health.

Social determinants of health (SDH) are non-medical elements that affect health outcomes. They include the patient’s social relations, the environment in which they live, cultural practices, employment, and the patient’s or family’s financial status (WHO, 2019). Health history can be built through social determinants of health by asking questions about the patient’s personal, family, and social life, such as the number of people they live with at home, their economic situation, history of medical conditions in the family, occupation present and past, work conditions, health habits such as smoking, drug use, sexual activity, school situatons and so on (Ball et al., 2023). These questions may be asked using open-ended questions, for example: How do you cope with stress or emotional problems? How would you describe relations with your peers at school? Asking good social questions can help to determine likely health problems the patient could be having. For instance, if it is revealed that a family member has been coughing for months and getting worse as the days go by, and the patient has started coughing for two weeks to a month now, one may want to check for tuberculosis.

Appropriate risk assessment instrument to assess the patient’s health risks.

Several risk assessment tools can be used in health assessment; however, the patient’s age, ethnicity, and environment must be considered to select the appropriate one. To assess the adolescent population, clinicians should regularly provide confidential screening and counseling because adolescents are more likely to access health care and share sensitive information when confidentiality is guaranteed. One of the popular assessment instruments for adolescents is A mnemonic known as SSHADESS (strengths, school, home, activities, drugs, emotions/eating, sexuality, safety), which is used to facilitate the collection of a youth’s psychosocial history of critical life dimensions. Instead of solely focusing on risks, which, taken individually, can lead to feelings of shame, SSHADESS emphasizes strengths within a youth’s life experience (Klein et al., 2020). HEEADSSS is another screening tool that helps to detect any issues or areas of concern in adolescents and young adults. The abbreviation represents Home, Schooling/Work, Exercises, Medications, Sexuality, Self-destruction, and Wellbeing. This interview format is adaptable and applicable to all adolescents (Ruichen, n.d.).

The assessment tool I will select for the patient will be the Hispanic Stress Inventory Adolescent Version (HSI-A). This tool assesses Hispanic/Latino teenagers’ exposure to and evaluation of acculturation-related stressors such as familial conflict, prejudice, language challenges, and cultural pressures (Cervantes et al., 2012). It consists of 73 objects and takes around 15 minutes to finish. It is also accessible in Spanish and English. Some of the questions itemized in this tool that can help with the patient’s assessment are:

  • Do you use any substances like alcohol, tobacco, or drugs? If yes, how often and how much?
  • How do you feel about your physical health? Do you have any concerns or problems?
  • Have you had a sexual encounter before? Do you use contraceptives to prevent sexually transmitted infections? (Cervantes et al., 2012).

Potential Health-related risk based on the patient’s ethnicity.

Hispanic youth are faced with a lot of health concerns such as heart conditions, obesity and drug use and mental health issues (Isasi et al., 2016).

Mental health issues:

Hispanic/Latino children and adolescents are at an increased risk of depression, anxiety, drug misuse, and suicide attempts, particularly if they encounter prejudice, acculturation stress, or family conflict (Isasi et al., 2016). Research shows that children and teenagers of Hispanic descent are far more likely than white kids to experience mental health issues. According to one study, among Hispanic students in grades 9-12, 18.9% had seriously considered trying to kill themselves, 15.7% had planned to try to kill themselves, 11.3% had tried to kill themselves, and 4.1% had tried to kill themselves and got hurt, poisoned, or overdosed and needed to be treated by a doctor. These rates were reliably higher in Hispanic than white and black youth (Alegría et al., 2008). When assessing this group, it is therefore essential to find out if there are family stressors and negative peer influences such as bullying and discrimination in the society that they are in. Some of these activities could cause some of the mental health situations to worsen. Five targeted questions that would be asked to assess these situations in young adults are:

  • How do you cope with stress in your life?
  • Who are the people that you can count on for support when you need it?
  • How is your relationship with your friends? Do you have any peer pressure or bullying?
  • How would you describe your relationship with your family?
  • How do you feel about your academics and school life?


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Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2023). Seidel’s guide to physical examination: An interprofessional approach (10th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby

Cervantes, R. C., Fisher, D. G., Córdova, D., & Napper, L. E. (2012). The Hispanic Stress Inventory—Adolescent Version: A culturally informed psychosocial assessment. Psychological Assessment24(1), 187–196.

Cherry, K. (2022, June 22). Identity vs. Role Confusion in Psychosocial Development. Verywell Mind.

‌ Isasi, C. R., Rastogi, D., & Molina, K. M. (2016). Health issues in Hispanic/Latino youth. Journal of Latina/O Psychology, 4(2), 67–82.

Juckett, G. (2013, January 1). Caring for Latino patients. AAFP.

Klein, D. A., Paradise, S. L., & Landis, C. A. (2020). Screening and Counseling Adolescents and Young Adults: A Framework for Comprehensive Care. American Family Physician101(3), 147–158.

‌ Ruichen. (n.d.). Approach to a routine adolescent interview. Copyright (C) January 2011.

World Health Organization: WHO. (2019). Social determinants of health.

A 80-year-old white male with angina who lives on a farm 80 miles away from a healthcare center.

The patient is an 80-year-old white male with angina who lives on a farm 80 miles away from a healthcare center. The patient interview would be set up without any bulky furniture or equipment in the way of the interviewer and the patient. There is a high risk of sensory loss and visual impairment due to the patient’s age (Daly,2017) It would be assured that eye contact is maintained during the interview and that the face is clearly visible so that the patient can interpret lips in the event of hearing loss. In case the patient has any type of sensory loss, which is typical in old age, speech would be clear and slow (Daly, 2017). A written interview with the c would be suggested. If the patient wishes, a written interview with the patient would be proposed, with forms customized to accommodate the needs of visually impaired elders. The interview would begin wit

NURS 6512 Discussion Building a Health History
NURS 6512 Discussion Building a Health History

h the introduction of the interviewer and role to the patient and any accompanying person present The patient’s name, as well as how they prefer to be addressed, would be requested. The purpose for the visit would be inquired about. Active listening will be employed and extra time would be taken to listen to the patient as there is a chance that the patient is suffering from memory loss as a result of aging. It is very essential to promote person-centered care (Dickson et al 2017). For attentive listening, skills such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and clarifying would be useful (Jack et al, 2019). Both the verbal and non-verbal clues of the patient will be noted (Croston, 2018).

It would also be noted that there is a possibility of symptoms being vague due to age Using open-ended inquiries, it would be ensured that all symptoms are discussed and that none are neglected by the patient. The capability of the patient to join in the decision-making will also be examined and necessary steps will be taken in absence of the cognitive capability. If family members are present they will be consulted in order to clarify possible discrepancies or fill in the gaps. The chief concern of the patient’s visit will be found out. The patients’ angina history and bouts, as well as their likely trigger and what relieves it, will be investigated. The functionality assessment of the patient is also paramount due to the age of the patient. Personal and social history and review of systems are properly addressed. Heart and chest-related questions would be asked for a review of systems. To guarantee that the patient’s actual feelings are conveyed, the inquiries would be as open-ended as feasible. A summary of want the patient said would be given and the patient would be asked if there are any other issues to ensure that all of their concerns are addressed.

In order to build effective communication with the patient, It would be ensured that the communication technique is

NURS 6512 Discussion Building a Health History
NURS 6512 Discussion Building a Health History

built on courtesy, comfort, connection, and confirmation (Ball et al, 2018). These are applied to get the patient to trust and confide in the nurse. It helps to calm the patient and in return, they are willing to answer and are responsive to questions.

The risk assessment instrument used for the patients is that of older adults. This is because the patient is 80years old and thus falls into the category of older adult

Five targeted questions that can be asked of the patient includes:

What brings you here today?: This question would be asked in order to prompt the patient to explain the primary reason for the visit. Giving the patient leeway to describe concerns. This alongside follow-up questions would help to detect the chief concern for seeking care.

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When did you last feel well?: This question would be asked in order to gain a history of the Illness of the patient. This would help to trace the beginning of the ailment, complete description of the first symptoms, duration, and so on in order to follow the chronological progression of the ailment.

What does a typical angina attack feel like? : This is to get an adequate description of the attack, its persistence, how often it occurs, and what could possibly induce the attack or relieve it.

Tell me what a typical day is like for you: This will provide details on the ability of the patient to take care of their daily needs, giving a basic review of systems. It will give an idea of the environment in which the patient resides. This question alongside follow-up questions will also aid with the provision of the social and personal history of the patient. It would also help to know how involved the patient is with the farm on which he lives. It can also provide details on the habits, environment, and needs of the patients and how they maintain function.

Is there anything else that you want me to know? : This is to ensure that all the concerns of the patient have been addressed.


Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2018). Seidel’s guide to physical examination (9th ed.). Mosby.

Daly, Louise (2017). Effective communication with older adults. Nursing Standard, 31(41), 55–63. doi:10.7748/ns.2017.e10832

Jack, Kirsten; Ridley, Caroline; Turner, Samuel (2019). Effective communication with older people. Nursing Older People, 31(4), 40–48. doi:10.7748/nop.2019.e1126

Dickson M, Riddell H, Gilmour F et al (2017) Delivering dignified care: a realist synthesis of evidence that promotes effective listening to and learning from older people’s feedback in acute care settings. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 26, 23-24, 4028-4038.

Croston M (2018) Communication. In Tetley J, Cox N, Jack K et al (Eds) Nursing Older People at a Glance. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 6-7

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 Case Overview

The patient is a 21-year-old Filipino college student. She resides in the college dormitories. She visited the clinic to initiate oral contraceptives as a family planning method.

How Communication and Interview Techniques Would Differ With Each Patient

 Historically, nurses use a clinician-centered interviewing technique to understand patient issues within a biomedical health model. This approach strictly contextualizes a patient by disease but does not incorporate a patient’s social and psychological factors, which could be the primary determinants of health. Over the years, with the call for a more patient-centered approach, nurses have adopted a more integrated interviewing approach, which incorporates all the dimensions that influence a patient’s well-being. During interviews, the nurse should use both open-ended and close-ended questions. The former would require the patient to give a detailed response while the latter would require specific answers structured in terms of, yes or no responses. Such questions are important in obtaining specific information (Peate, 2019). When interviewing adolescents, the nurse should guarantee them confidentiality on the environment and the information shared. On the contrary, when interviewing children/infants or very elderly patients, the nurse will obtain the history from primary caregivers.

During the interview, the nurse should pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal cues and demonstrate active listening. For the assigned patient, it will be important to use simple and easy language for the patient to understand. Language is a key determinant for effective communication and understanding especially for patients who are not native English speakers. Healthcare workers are often tempted to use medical jargon when interacting with patients (Peate, 2019). It creates a scenario of patient alienation and increases the incidences of misinterpretation. In addition, I will use an empathetic tone when communicating. It is important to use warm and friendlier tones when during the therapeutic interaction, as this will convey a message of care to the patient allowing them to be more comfortable and free to share   information. For this patient, I would ask the following target questions during history taking.

Inquiring about the social determinants of health is important as it is an important health determinant. Ask about where they were born, surrounding physical environment; both current and where they grew up in, availability of social support, availability of health care facility and services and if the patient has any underlying stressful factors.

Some of the questions that can help in assessing the risk of a patient include; dietary and lifestyle habits, underlying chronic illnesses in the family, past medical history, current medication history, the sexual history, engaging in physical activity, substance abuse and the current living environment.

Since the patient is sexually active, he is at an increased risk of getting sexually transmitted infections. According to, Shannon & Klausner, (2018) there is an increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections that is more pronounced in adolescents between 15-24 years. Adolescents make up for approximately half of the new sexually transmitted infections in the US.

Given that the patient is an adolescent, it is important to assess hi mental health. According to CDC, the number of adolescents reported to have mental health problems is increasing. The HEEADSSS is an acronym for home, education/employment, eating, activities, drugs, sexuality, suicide/depression and safety, a physcosocial assessment of the wellbeing of adolescent and identify risks.


  • When was your last normal menstrual period (LMP)?
  • Do you have any allergies to foods and drugs?
  • Are you currently sexually active?
  • Are you currently taking any prescription or OTC drugs?
  • Do you have any chronic illnesses such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, migraines, or coagulation disorders?

Before determining the kind of contraception to give, it will be important to perform various exams and tests to assess for eligibility. The most important are a pregnancy test and a pelvic exam (World Health Organization, 2018). Besides, the question to determine the LMP will help to establish the possibility of a pregnancy. Women with a history of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, smoking, coagulation disorders, and liver disease have higher risks of adverse events associated with oral contraceptives, which renders them illegible (Tolu, 2020).


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Week 1 Discussion- Original Post

The purpose of this discussion is to obtain a health history and history of presenting problems in an 80-year-old white male with angina who lives on a farm 80 miles away from a healthcare facility.

During the interview with this particular patient, it is important that it is performed in a quiet,  well-lit room, and you are positioned in front of the patient and have access to pen and paper in case the patient is hard of hearing (Ball et al., 2017). I would introduce myself and my role and ask the patient his name and what he prefers to be called (Ball et al., 2017). After establishing that the patient came to be seen for angina, it would be crucial to obtain a history pertinent to the chest pain including onset, quality, what the patient was doing when the pain started, and if he had ever experienced pain like this in the past as well as any exacerbating or alleviating factors (Ball et al., 2017). Vital signs should be reviewed and a 12 lead EKG should be obtained. The patient’s past medical history should be reviewed as well as medications to determine if the patient has a history of coronary artery disease or has ever had any coronary stents placed and if the patient is on any antiplatelet medications.  By gathering information such as vital signs, EKG,  past medical history including diabetes, heart disease as well as smoking, exercise, and weight, The Framingham Global Risk Assessment could be obtained to determine the patient’s risk of acute coronary syndrome (Pearson, 2002). This information is important to gather because acute coronary syndrome could be life-threatening and an ST elevated myocardial infarction needs immediate percutaneous coronary intervention.

All patient interactions and assessments should be centered around the patient’s specific goals and life expectancy, especially given this patient’s age (Tatum Lii et al., 2018). It is important to determine the patient’s goals of care prior to developing a treatment plan and discuss code status in the event of an emergency (Dyck & Fried, 2021). The targeted questions I would ask this patient are 1) How would you rate your chest pain on a scale of 0-10 and what does it feel like?  2) Do you have any shortness of breath, feel nauseous or sweaty? 3) In the event you need emergency medical care, would you want to be transferred? 4) Do you have an emergency contact or next of kin?  5) What is your code status? I believe these are the most necessary questions to determine what steps to take to get the patient the treatment they need or whether medical management is appropriate.


Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2017). Seidel’s guide to physical examination – e-book: An interprofessional approach (mosby’s guide to physical examination) (9th ed.). Mosby.

Dyck, L. I., & Fried, T. R. (2021). Prognostic information, goals of care, and code status decision‐making among older patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society69(7), 2025–2028.

Pearson, T. A. (2002). New tools for coronary risk assessment. Circulation105(7), 886–892.

Tatum Lii, P. E., Talabreza, S., & Ross, J. S. (2018). Geriatric assessment: An office-based approach. American Family Physician.

Week 1 Discussion: 0 year old white male with angina lives on a farm 80 miles away from a healthcare cente

          When a healthcare professional needs to influence a patient to change health-related behaviors, communication is essential. It can differentiate between a motivated patient and a disengaged patient, between successful prevention and chronic disease. What to say, how to do it, and above all, what does it change? Behavioral science shows how familiar to physicians; the patient-centered approach provides part of the answer.


Communication strategies can help healthcare professionals create conditions conducive to behavioral change within their consultations.


First, it provides a frame of reference; a group of behavioral science experts recently defined the notion of motivational communication. This style of communication is specially adapted to the medical context and includes:

  • Active listening.
  • The selection of clear and achievable objectives.
  • The response to resistance.
  • The evocation of the discourse of change.
  • The neutral presentation of information.

Second, it presents ways of being, including demonstrating respect, collaboration, and empathy.

Finally, certain attitudes can undermine the health assessment, such as judging or blaming the patient, being hostile or impatient towards him, or slipping into argumentation or conflictual.

Interview and Communication Techniques

This week’s scenario involves an 80-year-old white male with angina who lives on a farm 80 miles away from a healthcare center.

Late adulthood, including individuals aged 65 years and above. is the fastest-growing age division of the United States population (Owlia et al., 2019).

The standardized geriatric assessment is a medical examination allowing to take stock of the physical and/or psychic alterations and the functional incapacities of the subject. A specialized gerontological team carries out this evaluation in the presence or absence of the attending physician. The objective is to define care priorities and support for seniors according to the evolution of their state of health. The caregiver is an integral part of the process. The medical team thus questions him because he knows the patient he accompanies daily.

A potential health-related risk is our patient is an elderly man who lives far away from a hospital setting.

The geriatric assessment has several missions:

  • Observing and evaluating a deteriorating state of health in an older adult
  • Prevent certain risks (falls, addiction, etc.),
  • Avoid repeated hospitalizations that cause significant health costs, especially coronary heart disease.
  • Set up specific medical care to keep the patient at home.

How is a geriatric assessment carried out?

Our patient lives far away. He can benefit from many specialized services, hospitals, or care facilities for the elderly who offer geriatric assessments, depending on the patient’s medical condition, history, and environment.


The conclusions of the examination are then transmitted to the patient, his family, the care giver, and the attending physician who provides personalized advice. Other consultations can be scheduled depending on the patient’s condition; the objective is to set up appropriate comprehensive care to prevent worsening of the medical condition.

We can include other topics in our health assessment, such as polypharmacy, nutrition, vision, nutrition, and hearing. Our patient is 80 years old, and we can’t assume that he is cognitively impaired.

Risk Assessment Tool

Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. It is responsible for one out of every five deaths. Treatment of cardiovascular risk factors has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in deaths from CHD over the past 30 years (Anthoney et al., 2010).

The Framingham Global risk Assessment tool has been used considerably for elderly adults; it’s believed to be the “gold standard” for risk assessment for patients with coronary heart disease. It is a comprehensive test that assesses total cholesterol, diabetes, high-density lipoprotein, age, and smoking (Coke, 2016).


Five Targeted Questions to Ask the Patient

1- Pain Characteristics

Where is your pain? (location), does it go anywhere else? (radiation), when did it start? (onset), How long has it lasted? (duration). What makes the chest pain gets better or worst?

For some patients, the pain is felt more atypically and described as numbness, discomfort, or burning. Angina pain can vary in intensity on a scale of 1 to 10. It is usually located at the retrosternal level and can radiate to the neck, jaw, upper limbs, and back. Sometimes the pain can be felt in the epigastrium. It is essential to pay attention to symptoms such as dyspnea, weakness, fatigue, nausea, and belching, which can be anginal equivalents in the elderly, women, and diabetics.

2- Home environment

Who do you live with? How often do you have a health assessment, and how do you get to the hospital in case of an emergency.

3- What are some symptoms that you are having?

Do you have any of the following: weakness, shortness of breath, cold sweat, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, indigestion?

4- Do you have any of the following risk factors? Hypertension, prior history of angina, family history of heart disease?

5- Are you taking any medication for your angina? When was the last time you had an EKG? Do you smoke, drink, or use any illicit drugs?


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I really liked the way you presented your discussion post; it was very organized and thought out. However, as a PMHNP student, I was inclined to read through a few articles and I came across the following Risk assessment tools that would assess the psychological issues associated with one’s LGBTQIA status.

The Gender Minority Stress and Resilience Scale (GMRS) is used to measure the difficulties associated with identifying as a gender minority and protective factors for psychological well-being.The 58 items were adapted from other measures and compiled into the GMRS to measure nine different constructs, including Gender-related Discrimination, Gender-related Rejection, Gender-related Victimization, non-affirmation of Gender Identity, Internalized Transphobia, Negative Expectations for Future Events, and Nondisclosure (Shulman et al., 2017).

Strength of Transgender Identity Scale (STIS)This assesses how strongly an individual identifies as transgender and how important transitioning is to them. Although largely related to identifying transgender people, it contains items that may be relevant to understanding someone’s gender identity and how that might change in therapeutic interventions. The STIS has six questions and no factors were identified in the original validation study. Example items include “I identify as trans,” “It is important to me that people I am close to know I transitioned,” and “The fact that I transitioned is important to who I am.”

Transgender Adaptation and Integration Measure (TG AIM) measure the stresses associated with being transgender and the individual’s efforts to cope with stress. The TG AIM has 15 items, and three factors were identified in the initial validation study that is scored as subscales: Coping and Gender Reorientation Efforts, Psycho social Impact of Gender Status, and Gender-related Fears. A fourth factor, Gender Locus of Control, was also identified but was not recommended for use due to poor internal consistency. Example items of the three recommended factors include “I fear discrimination,” “I take/have taken hormones,” and “Being transgender causes me relationship problems.”


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