How to start the conversation
It is helpful if you consider in advance, how to move from the clinical to the non-clinical part of the consultation. The Emotional Wellbeing section of the clinical template may have already helped you to do this. If not below are some examples of how you may wish to start the conversation:
- “At this point in the appointment we take the chance to talk about a number of issues that can affect your health/condition.”
- “I have a few questions to ask about different things which can affect your health/condition. Are you happy to spend the next X minutes discussing these a bit further?”
- “We have found that many people who have condition X have benefited from making small changes to their lifestyle. Would you be willing to look at these issues in a bit more detail?”
- "From my perspective the things we need to cover today are.....is that OK?
By working your way through the questions in the Assess Status section of the template you can determine issues which may be having an impact on the person's ability to manage their condition.
Health Determinant topics