Module 2: The Patient Interview I

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In this Module 2, you will

  • Greet your patient appropriately
  • Record accurate details about family and social background
  • Ask about general health issues and new problems
  • Use correct grammar to discuss timelines


  • Greetings
  • Social Background
  • Emotional Intelligence


  • Present Tenses
  • Simple Past
  • Present Perfect
  • Prepositions Of Time
  • Prepositions In Idioms


There are many GROUPS OF WORDS (sometimes called COLLOCATIONS) that are often used together in healthcare.

Examples of common collocations:

  • history of (e.g. history of diabetes )
  • allergic to ( e.g. allergic to peanuts)
  • fill a prescription
  • take sick leave

Throughout this module, these groups of words (or collocations) are often underlined.

English speakers also TIE WORDS TOGETHER so the end of one word runs into the start of the next.


  • history of = his’tryof
  • fill a prescription = filla prescription
  • I am a banker = I’mabanker

Practice by SAYING THESE GROUPS OF WORDS ALOUD, running the words together until they flow as smoothly and naturally as one expression. This helps condition you to speak more fluently.

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