The history of present illness (HPI) is a set of interview questions that a healthcare provider will ask a patient about their chief complaint in order to assist with diagnosing the patient. HPI questions are designed to give a clinician an accurate history of the patient’s concern. In many cases, a diagnosis can be made from an analysis of the HPI, a review of systems (ROS), and a physical examination.
What Questions Are Asked in an HPI?
While there are many variations on the HPI format, most include a common set of questions. A popular example is summarized by the acronym OLD CARTS:
Modifying factors (Aggravating and Relieving factors)
Associated signs and symptoms (Symptoms associated)
History of Present Illness in Today’s Healthcare
Since the combination of the HPI and a physical exam has proven useful in diagnosing the cause of patient complaints, the questions are still in wide use today.
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