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         It is better not to ask any leading questions to the patient. But, there are occasions wherein we are forced to ask some yes-or-no questions, especially at the end of case taking, either to confirm the remedial diagnosis or the disease diagnosis. Some times, asking yes-or-no questions may be mandatory to rule out certain life threatening conditions. It is also observed that most of the patients give great respect for doctors who ask particular questions about the troubles they really suffer from. Predicting the troubles of the patient is often a method followed by some doctors to gain their confidence. This method is very simple – First of all, understand the type of a person (his constitution, or his remedy type) and we can easily predict the rest of the things to surprise him!

In our day-to-day practice, we often get certain definite answers for some particular questions to the patients.

Here are a few questions with the probable answers from the patients.

1. Do you have hair falling? - Ask this question to a lady patient, the probable answer would be “YES” (The truth is, falling of 50 to 100 hairs per day is normal!)


2. Do you have constipation? - Ask this question to an Indian, especially south Indian, the probable answer would be “YES” (once or twice is not enough for them due to heavy starchy meals)


3. Does your child take enough food? - If you ask this question to a mother, the probable answer would be “NO”. (In fact, the child may be a chubby Amul-baby whose main job is eating!)


4. How is your stamina? - Ask this question to a male patient, the probable answer would be “Very very poor nowadays, please given me one strong tonic.” (In fact, he may be a ‘super man’ in his real life!)


5. If we ask a direct question on a negative quality, obviously, most of the patients will say “NO”. (They will disclose certain things only when they really trust the physician, the physician is communicative enough, and when there is enough privacy at the clinic, or the patient knows the fact that disclosing a secret is a must for better treatment)

The list of questions never ends here. There are many other questions for which we often get definite answers that may be misleading. Let the patients tell what they really suffer, better not to interfere till the situation demands it.

Dr Muhammed Rafeeque
Family Homoeopathic clinic

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Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on December 21, 2011 at 11:15pm

Thanks for the comments.

I have also noticed the same. Patients crying while taking the case is a good sign. It shows that the exteriorisation has started !

Comment by Dr. Wequar Ali Khan on December 21, 2011 at 8:39am

I think knowledge of human psychology in the art of questioning is an important factor in case taking. Patient must be made comfortable first before any question is asked. Once the patient develops confidence in the doctor, they come out with a lot of their inner self.I have experienced female patient crying out once they find that one is listening and sympathetic.Winning the patient's confidence should be the primary goal.

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on December 21, 2011 at 5:59am

I mean, squeezing the money from their pockets :)

Comment by Debby Bruck on December 21, 2011 at 12:42am

You mean to rip them off or not to shake hand too tightly?

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on December 21, 2011 at 12:18am

Also do not squeeze the patients while taking the consultation fee :)

Comment by Dr Muhammed Rafeeque on December 21, 2011 at 12:15am

It is better not to squeeze the patient for symptoms. Let the symptoms flowout automatically !

Comment by Debby Bruck on December 20, 2011 at 1:26am

Yeah! Dr Sushil has visited HWC. 

Comment by DR. Sushil Bahl on December 19, 2011 at 9:08pm
it is always better to listen to the patient,when he comes for consultation.Asking questions, which end in yes or no, can normally be misleading.

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