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Medical History For Medical Marijuana Recommendation

The medical history of a potential medical marijuana patient is information gained by a physician by asking specific questions, either of the patient or of other people who know the person and can give suitable information with the aim of obtaining information useful in formulating a diagnosis and providing medical care to the patient. The medically relevant complaints reported by the patient or others familiar with the patient are referred to as symptoms, in contrast with clinical signs, which are ascertained by direct examination on the part of medical personnel. Most health encounters will result in some form of history being taken. Medical marijuana histories vary in their depth and focus.

A practitioner typically asks questions to obtain the following information about the patient:

  1. Identification and demographics: name, age, height, weight.

  2. The "chief complaint (CC)" - the major health problem or concern, and its time course (e.g. chest pain for past 4 hours).

  3. History of the present illness (HPI) - details about the complaints, enumerated in the CC. (Also often called 'History of presenting complaint' or HPC.)

  4. Past medical history (PMH) (including major illnesses, any previous surgery/operations (sometimes distinguished as "Past Surgical History" or PSH), any current ongoing illness, e.g. diabetes).

  5. Review of systems (ROS) Systematic questioning about different organ systems

  6. Family diseases - especially those relevant to the patient's chief complaint.

  7. Childhood diseases - this is very important in pediatrics.

  8. Social history (medicine) - including living arrangements, occupation, marital status, number of children, drug use (including tobacco, alcohol, other recreational drug use), recent foreign travel, and exposure to environmental pathogens through recreational activities or pets.

  9. Regular and acute medications (including those prescribed by doctors, and others obtained over-the-counter or alternative medicine)

  10. Allergies - to medications, food, latex, and other environmental factors

  11. Sexual history, obstetric/gynecological history, and so on, as appropriate.

  12. Conclusion & closure