History - Taking skills

The Calgary-Cambridge guide by Kurtz and colleagues[1] is a useful framework to the process of effective medical interviewing, and is one of the most widely used tools in patient communication. Although there is only a window of 14 minutes to acquire the history in the PACES examination, application of the abridged framework presented below will allow the candidate to target the consultation to the patient’s agenda, and thus establish the content of the consultation in the most efficient manner. 

Click here for an outline of the Calgary-Cambridge guide: 

1. Kurtz SM, Silverman JD. The Calgary-Cambridge Referenced Observation Guides: an aid to defining the curriculum and organizing the teaching in communication training programmes. Med Educ 1986;30:83-9.