We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

The Diagnostic Interview

W. C. Ellerbroek, MD
JAMA. 1971;217(5):700. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190050156029.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


This is a second edition of the author's well-received Medical History Taking (Hoeber, 1960), with a new title; the emphasis is on interviewer/interviewee relationship. The depth interview is presented as an optimum approach, appropriate to investigation of life styles and related psychophysiological disturbances. Particular attention is given to means of eliciting correlations between stresses and symptoms. Dr. Stevenson deserves great praise for his careful presentation of the importance and relevance of all aspects of the prenatal period; also laudable is his all-too-brief discussion of the use of language. The section on family history is very good, and includes a rapid method of sketching a family-tree diagram which would be useful in any routine workup.

The psychiatrist-author urges the interviewer to maximize the values of both directive and nondirective methods, alternating these as may seem appropriate. A few of his suggested questions may appear to confirm patient delusions, an approach not


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.