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Provide me some mnemonics to remember points in history taking

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I probably need a written questionnaire or else I forget important points to be asked to the patient during history taking. I need a mnemonic that will help me remember them.
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Here is a schematic diagram with general format of history taking and some accompanying mnemonics.
History taking format and mnemonics

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answered Jun 6, 2012 by admin Doctor of Medicine (9,909 points)
selected Jun 7, 2013 by Sulabh Shrestha
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commented Jun 9, 2012 by admin Doctor of Medicine (9,909 points)
Some more mnemonics:

Remember SODA (a social drink) for social history
S: Smoking
O: Occupation
D: Drugs (illicit)
A: Alcohol with CAGE questions

Like SOCRATES, OPQRST and LIQOR AAA, we also have ASK LAST for pan history
A: Aggravating/Alleviating factors
S: Severity
K: K(Ch)aracter
L: Location
A: Associatied symptoms
S: Setting
T: Timing

BALD CHASM for Family History
B: Blood Pressure
A: Arthritis
L: Lung Disease
D: Diabetes
C: Cancer
H: Heart Disease
A: Alcoholism
S: Stroke
M: Mental disorders
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You can also use the mnemonics "LIQOR AAA" for History of Presenting Illness:

  1. L : Location
  2. I : Intensity
  3. Q: Quality
  4. O: Onset
  5. R: Radiation
  6. A: Associated symptoms
  7. A: Alleviating factors
  8. A: Aggravating factros
answered Jun 9, 2012 by Sulabh Shrestha Doctor of Medicine (5,553 points)
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I use OPERATES for History of Presenting Complaints

O Onset of complaint
P Progress of complaint
E Exacerbating factors
R Relieving factors
A Associated symptoms
T Timing
E Episodes of being symptom-free
S Relevant Systemic and general inquiry can be added here

answered Jun 9, 2012 by Mike Junior Resident (2,007 points)
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commented Jun 17, 2012 by Mike Junior Resident (2,007 points)
"SAD LOTS" for Social History
Smoking
Alcohol
Drugs
Lifestyle
Occupational History
Travel History Sexual History

History of presenting Illness for Discharges "AbCDS"
Amount
Consistency
Color
Duration
Smell

FINISHED PUBS for Urinary Complaints
Frequency
Incontinence
Nocturia
Incomplete emptying
Stream
HEmaturia, HEsitancy
Dysuria
Pyuria
Urgency
Burning micturition
Strain
commented Jun 17, 2012 by Mike Junior Resident (2,007 points)
FM DIAL for Menstrual History
Frequency
Menarche
Duration
Intensity
Amount
Last Menstrual Period (LMP)
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