Introduction to Health History Interviewing for the Dental Student

Format Publication ID Version Published
Multimedia, Tutorial 9049 1 December 5, 2011


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; 2011. Available from:

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

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge
  • Dental
    • Patient Care

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Communication Skills
  • Instructional Materials/Methods
  • Oral Health

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study
  • Standardized Patient

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