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Family-Oriented Primary Care

  • Werner Geigges
  • Kurt FritzscheEmail author
  • Catharina Marika Dobos
  • Susan H. McDaniel
  • Xudong Zhao
  • Catherine Abbo
  • Sonia Diaz Monsalve
  • Farzad Goli
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Abstract

In case of a disease, the family system can function as a burden or a resource and support system. The genogram (a visual depiction of the patient’s family relationships and other relevant information) helps the doctor to get a clear understanding of symptoms, life events, and diseases across three generations. The different phases of the family dialogue are: joining, context and mission clarification, questions about family dynamics and psychological resources and challanges, treatment planning, and conclusion of the interview. The following communication techniques can proof to be useful tools in conducting a family interview: direct disease-related questions, indirect or circular questions, and hypothetical questions.

Keywords

Life cycles Family as a resource Family as a burden Genogram Family interview Circular questions Hypothetical questions Impartiality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner Geigges
    • 1
  • Kurt Fritzsche
    • 2
    Email author
  • Catharina Marika Dobos
    • 2
  • Susan H. McDaniel
    • 3
  • Xudong Zhao
    • 4
    • 5
  • Catherine Abbo
    • 6
  • Sonia Diaz Monsalve
    • 2
    • 7
  • Farzad Goli
    • 8
    • 9
  1. 1.Rehaklinik GlotterbadGlottertalGermany
  2. 2.Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyCenter for Mental Health, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Family Medicine and PsychiatryUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychosomatic MedicineShanghai East Hospital, Tongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  5. 5.Mental Health Center Affiliated to Tongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  6. 6.Makerere University, College of Health SciencesKampalaUganda
  7. 7.ZMG Centre for Medicine and SocietyUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  8. 8.Danesh-e Tandorosti InstituteIsfahanIran
  9. 9.Department of Bioenergy EconomyEnergy Medicine UniversityMill ValleyUSA

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