ASKING ABOUT BACKGROUND
There are many polite ways to ask a patient about their background.
- Do you have a partner?
- Are you married, single or divorced?
- Are you widowed? (= spouse has died)
- Is anyone in your family ill?
- Are your parents still alive?
- How many siblings do you have? (= brothers or sisters)
- Are you employed?
- What do you do for a living?
- What is your profession?
- Where are you employed?
- What is your occupation?
- What is your job?
- Who do you live with?
- Do you live alone?
- What is your address?
- Do you have pets?
- What is your home situation like?
- What do you do in your free time?
- What do you do for fun?
- How do you like to relax?
- Do you have a hobby?
- Do you drink or smoke?
- Do you socialize often?
- Do you have any illnesses?
- Are you on any medication?
- Do you take any over-the-counter (OTC) medication?
- Do you take any prescription medication?
- Do you /Did you get side effects from the medication?
SPEAKING EXERCISE E
Practice repeating ALOUD each example sentence in the lesson above. Focus on the common collocations, RUNNING THEM TOGETHER until they flow as ONE EXPRESSION. The collocations are underlined.
READING EXERCISE E
Follow the Conversation
Instructions: Below, a doctor is interviewing a new patient, getting general background information. Using the drop-down menus, arrange the dialogue in logical order from 1 (what the doctor says first) to 10 (what the patient says last). Answers 1, 6 and 10 have been done for you.