How is the chief complaint elicited during the history and Mental Status Examination (MSE)?

Updated: Sep 24, 2020
  • Author: Jeffrey S Forrest, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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This is the patient's problem or reason for the visit. Most often, this is recorded as the patient's own words, in quotation marks. This statement allows identification of the problem by identifying symptoms that lead to a diagnosis and, eventually, a specific treatment plan. To elicit this response, the interviewer should ask leading questions such as "What brings you here today?"

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