Past Medical History (PMH)  

Medical Spanish Past Medical History (PMH)

Welcome to the Past Medical History (PMH) page! This lesson will provide you with essential vocabulary and dialogues to assist you in obtaining a more accurate PMH. (If you want to see all of our medical-related content, click on Medical Spanish, located above the tabs to the left.)

Click on the Vocabulary tab to the left to access vocabulary flashcards and quizzes related to Past Medical History (PMH).

Click on the Professional - Q&A tab to the left to access dialogues spoken by the healthcare professional. These dialogues are broken down into subcategories, including General History, OB/GYN History, Social History, Sexual History, and Family History.

Click on the Patient - Q&A tab to the left to access dialogues spoken by the patient. These dialogues are broken down into the same subcategories outlined above. There are also quizzes related to each subcategory.

Professional - Q&A
Patient - Q&A

Obtaining a medical history is the first step in determining the patient's problem. Many times, you will be able to make a diagnosis based solely upon an accurate medical history. The value of the medical history will depend on your ability to elicit relevant information. This is especially difficult with Spanish speaking patients due to both linguistic and cultural barriers.

The material above was developed to increase the medical professional’s comfort level with performing the past medical history in Spanish. It does not take a vast fund of knowledge to successfully interview a patient. Many experienced physicians often lose site of this fact, placing too much emphasis on the use of resource intensive and expensive testing while failing to take the time to listen to their patients. Successful interviewing is dependent upon the communication skills which you already posses and the language skills which you will obtain by utilizing these resources.

The precise history required in a primary care consult will depend on the presenting symptoms, the past medical history, psychological history, and social history, as well as the patient’s current concerns.

As a general rule, the framework for the past medical history is as follows:

  • determine general state of health: excellent, good, fair, poor. Note any recent changes in state of health
  • past illnesses: diabetes, hypertension, cancer, heart disease
  • all hospitalizations: including psychiatric, medical, and surgical hospitalizations
  • injuries
  • surgeries
  • current medications
  • allergies
  • immunizations
  • current and past substance abuse
  • patient diet and nutritional status
  • sleep
  • alternative therapies
  • obstetric/gynecologic history
  • birth history
  • growth and development
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