Introduction to Health History Interviewing for the Dental Student

Publication ID Published Version
9049 December 5, 2011 1


This Learning Module provides introductory health history interviewing techniques and strategies to students who have no prior interviewing training. Topics included in this Learning Module include the following: predictability; controllability; washing one’s hands; showing patients where to put their belongings looking at one’s patient while interacting with him or her; phrasing questions to conduct an efficient interview; the different components of a medical interview and their sequence; greet patients in the waiting room; and bringing patients back to the operatory. One unit introduces Standardized Patients and explains how to work with them.

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Spallek H, Polk D, Becker K, O'Donnell J, Horvath Z. Introduction to Health History Interviewing for the Dental Student. MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2011. Available from:​publication/​9049​10.15766/​mep_2374-8265.9049

Educational Objectives

To be able to apply basic interviewing skills in a health history interview with a patient.


  • Interviewing Strategies, Interview Techniques


  • Dental
    • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Human Behavior
    • Patient Care


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning
  • Tutorial

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student


  • Multimedia
  • Standardized Patient

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